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Seeking Advanced Spanish Learners

Posted: May 04, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 35 Years  •  Start Date: May 04, 2015 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 210 Minutes

The Center for Language Science in the Psychology Department at Penn State is looking for English native speakers who are advanced speakers/learners of Spanish as their second language for an Event Related Potential (ERP) study. Students who have studied abroad or lived in a Spanish speaking country are particularly encouraged to participate. However, this is not necessary.

Researachers seek volunteers for an MRI study

Posted: May 01, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 80 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 1 Hour

Come participate in an MRI study on how the brain responds to visual stimulation.

Looking for Child Scientists!

Posted: May 01, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 4 - 8 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 1 Hour

The Brain Development Lab at Penn State University is looking for subjects aged 4 to 8 years for a study on visual perception.

Looking for Baby Scientists!

Posted: May 01, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 3 - 8 Months  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 1 Hour

The Brain Development Lab at Penn State University is looking for subjects aged 3 to 8 months for a study on visual perception.

Children (7-10), adolescents (11-16), and adults (25-40) sought for research study on the brain and decision making

Posted: Apr 28, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 7 - 40 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 2 Hours

The purpose of this research is to understand how our brains perform certain tasks (such as making decisions or paying attention to certain information while ignoring other information). Specifically, we are interested in how people of different age groups respond when doing computer tasks in which they try to stop a behavior (such as looking away from a light when you have an urge to look at it) under different environmental contexts (such as when you perform this task alone or with others).

Researchers seek adults for PTSD Smartphone research study

Posted: Apr 27, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 89 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 9 Days

Researchers in the Laboratory for Anxiety & Depression Research at Penn State University are seeking individuals who have experienced traumatic life events for a research study that uses Smartphone technology to assess posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in people’s everyday lives.

Healthy Aging and the Brain: A Memory Study

Posted: Apr 21, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 60 - 85 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 2 Hours

We are seeking healthy older adults between the ages of 60-85 for a study of the brain during healthy aging.

Researchers seek OIF/OEF Veterans And their Spouses for leisure study

Posted: Apr 17, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 +  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 1 Hour

Penn State University researchers are looking for participants to a help with a study to learn more about leisure in the lives of OIF/OEF Veterans and their spouses. The study consists of one, ~1-hour interview to discuss the role of leisure, marital relations, and military life. Each participant will receive a $20 Walmart gift card ($40 in total) for their time. If you are interested in participating and scheduling an interview, or have questions, please contact Dr. Derrick Taff at bdt3@psu.edu or 814-867-1756.

Seeking Undergrad Subjects for Online Surveys about Parenting Style and Children’s Personality

Posted: Apr 17, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 +  •  Study Length: 30 Minutes

We are interested in looking at the relationship between parenting style and children’s personality. Your participation will help us understand how differences in children's upbringing can lead to differences in personality development.

Researchers seek native English speakers who are proficient in Spanish for a language study

Posted: Apr 16, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 35 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 60 Minutes

We are currently looking for volunteers to participate in a set of language experiments being conducted by Dr. Carrie Jackson for research purposes at Pennsylvania State University. Participants must be 18-30 years old, a native speaker of English who is a proficient second language speaker of Spanish (300-level coursework or above) and who didn’t start learning Spanish until age 7 or later. In this experiment you will be asked to complete a word learning task in which you learn words in a new language.

Monolingual musicians needed for study on language and music

Posted: Apr 13, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 35 Years  •  Start Date: Mar 09, 2015 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 2 Hours

Researchers in the Department of Psychology are looking for monolingual volunteers who have minimal to no experience with a second language and who are musicians.

CAT Lab seeks 5-7 year old children for participation in our study!

Posted: Apr 08, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 5 - 7 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 2 Hours

Looking for 5-7 year old children to participate in a study about responses to social feedback!

Healthy adults are needed for vascular control study

Posted: Apr 07, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 60 - 80 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 09, 2015 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 4 Months

Healthy women and men are needed for a research study to investigate sex differences and aging effects on vascular control in human.

Healthy adults are needed for vascular control study

Posted: Apr 07, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 20 - 40 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 09, 2015 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 4 Months

Healthy women and men are needed for a research study to investigate sex differences and aging effects on vascular control in human.

Adult Language Acquisition Studies : looking for upper level Spanish students

Posted: Apr 07, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 24 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 07, 2015  •  Study Length: 60 Minutes

We are conducting a behavioral study through the Psychology Department at Penn State that investigates how individuals who are currently enrolled in an upper level Spanish language course learn language differently than monolingual students. We are looking for college aged (18 years or older) native speakers of English that have taken a minimum of 5 semesters of Spanish at the university level. The study will take an hour, and participants will be compensated $10/hour for their participation. Please contact Federica Bulgarelli at fub113@psu.edu if you are interested in participating

Fun Food Study for Kids 7-11 and their parents

Posted: Mar 31, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 7 - 11 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 01, 2015 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 5 Hours

Help us learn more about children’s food decisions! We are looking for healthy, right-handed children without food allergies. Your child will eat 2 meals in our eating laboratory. We will also use fMRI to take pictures of your child’s brain. This procedure is not harmful.

Free-living study on soy protein's effects on cardiovascular disease risk factors

Posted: Mar 24, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 35 - 60 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 22 Weeks

Research volunteers needed to investigate the effects of low-medium-high intake of dairy on blood pressure

Posted: Mar 19, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 55 - 75 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 21 Hours

This study is NOT a controlled feeding study! Participants continue their normal diet at home.

Researchers seek participants ages 20-65 with psoriasis

Posted: Mar 16, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 20 - 65 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 9 Hours

How does psoriasis influence cardiovascular health? Did you know that people who have psoriasis have an 86% greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease than do people who do not have psoriasis?

Mandarin-English bilingual musicians and non-musicians needed for study on language and music

Posted: Mar 09, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 35 Years  •  Start Date: Mar 09, 2015 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 2 Hours

Researchers in the Department of Psychology are looking for Chinese-English volunteers who either play an instrument (or sing) OR have minimal to no musical training.

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