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Seeking individuals for a 17-day study exploring change in taste response

Posted: May 27, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 21 - 45 Years  •  Start Date: Jun 20, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 5 Hours

This study involves 3 visits to the Clinical Research Center in Noll Labs. The goal of this study is to explore the change in taste response and expression of a receptor due to dietary exposure to capsaicin, a compound from chili peppers. These three visits occur over the course of 17 days. All three visits include sensory evaluation of samples, and during visits 2 and 3 include the collection of fungiform papillae (small tissue holding taste buds) from the tip of your tongue. For 14 days, we ask that you rinse with a "mouthwash" twice per day.

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a freeze dried strawberry powder on LDL cholesterol and other cardiovascular disease risk factors

Posted: May 24, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 35 - 65 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 22 Weeks

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a freeze dried strawberry powder on LDL cholesterol and other cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a cranberry juice beverage on blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Posted: May 24, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 30 - 65 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 32 Weeks

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a cranberry juice beverage on blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Researchers seek volunteers for studying the benefits of urban public spaces! Compensation available!

Posted: May 19, 2016
Gender: Male  •  Age: 22 - 65 Years  •  Start Date: May 19, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 2 Hours

Researchers seek volunteers for Heartphone study

Posted: May 16, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 22 - 49 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 4 Weeks

The focus of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of a new mobile software application (app), named Heartphone Access, for increasing physical activity. We are seeking participants 22 – 49 years of age with Android smartphones. Subjects must be interested in increasing physical activity and currently engage in limited physical activity.

Researchers seek adults to complete a brief survey on Employment Communication

Posted: May 11, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 99 Years  •  Study Length: 10 Minutes

Researchers at Penn State University are seeking adults to complete a 10-minute survey. The purpose of this study is to determine how Service Members can best communicate with their employers about deployments.

Participants needed with history of muscle cramping

Posted: May 05, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 30 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 10 Hours

Do you get muscle cramps? This research project may interest you. Purpose of the study: To investigate the effects of consuming particular spices upon exercise-induced muscle cramps.

Come play games and watch movies! (Bilingual only)

Posted: May 04, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 25 Years  •  Start Date: May 05, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 60 Minutes

We are seeking participants to come play games and watch movies as part of a research study. You will be compensated $10 for your participation and the study will last about an hour.

Healthy older women are needed for study on cardiovascular effects of beetroot juice

Posted: May 02, 2016
Gender: Female  •  Age: 55 - 80 Years  •  Start Date: May 01, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 4 Weeks

This study will look at how well a nitrate-rich dietary supplement (beetroot juice) lowers resting blood pressure as well as blood pressure responses to physical stress, including exercise, in postmenopausal women.

Seeking 7 and 8 year olds to join Nittany Lion Inner Space Science Club!

Posted: Apr 27, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 7 - 8 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 2 Months

The Child Study Center is looking for new Nittany Lion Inner Space Science Club members to help us learn about what happens inside kids' brains when they hear people speaking!

Do you have high blood pressure?

Posted: Apr 26, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 40 - 60 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 9 Hours

Volunteer participants are needed for a research study investigating blood pressure responses to stress.

Did you have Preeclampsia?

Posted: Apr 26, 2016
Gender: Female  •  Age: 18 - 50 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 17 Hours

We are studying the effects of preeclampsia on blood vessel function.

Researchers seek adults 60+ years for study about memory

Posted: Apr 24, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 60 +  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 6 Hours

Nurses and psychologists from the Penn State College of Nursing are conducting a study about memory in later life.

Researchers Seeks 3 - 5 year old Children for Language Study

Posted: Apr 20, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 3 - 5 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 20, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 1 Hour

Do you have a child between the ages of 3 and 5? Do you speak English at home? If so, the Language Acquisition Lab at Penn State invites you and your child to participate in our research!

Seeking native, monolingual speakers of English to complete a language task.

Posted: Apr 15, 2016
Gender: Male  •  Age: 40 - 80 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 1 Hour

In this study, you will be asked to complete a few language tasks. The study will last approximately 60 minutes. You will be paid $5 per half hour of your time, a maximum of $10

Seeking volunteers to participate in a EEG and fMRI study on language processing

Posted: Apr 15, 2016
Gender: Male  •  Age: 40 - 80 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 4 Hours

This research is being done to find out how the brain processes abstract and concrete words. It involves completing a quick screening followed by an EEG session, as well as an fMRI session. In each imaging session you will be asked to complete a simple language task.

Researchers seek volunteers for study of health benefits of walnuts

Posted: Apr 05, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 30 - 65 Years  •  Start Date: Sep 14, 2014 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 24 Weeks

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of walnuts on cardiovascular disease risk factors. We are seeking participants 30 - 65 years of age with a BMI of 26-40 kg/m2. Subjects must be healthy, non-smoking, not allergic to any nuts, and not taking medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, or inflammatory conditions. Participants will be provided with all food and drinks for 20 weeks. There will be one 2-week run-in diet and three 6-week feeding periods with two 2-week compliance breaks in between, for a total time commitment of 24 weeks. At the completion of the study participants will receive lab results and compensation of $450. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please call toll free 1 866-PSU-DIET (1-866-778-3438) or email psudiet@gmail.com, mention the Walnut Study, and leave your name and a contact number. This study is being conducted by Dr. Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, at Penn State University.

Paid Research Opportunity for 25-74 yo w/Less than 16 yrs edu!!!

Posted: Apr 01, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 25 - 74 Years  •  Start Date: Mar 01, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 2 Hours

Researchers seeking healthy older adults for a language study

Posted: Mar 22, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 60 - 80 Years  •  Start Date: Mar 22, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 6 Hours

We are looking for healthy adults between age 60 and 80 years of age interested in participating in research that investigates how aging affects language and the brain.

Researchers seek healthy aging male adults to participate in speech study

Posted: Mar 17, 2016
Gender: Male  •  Age: 42 - 90 Years  •  Start Date: Mar 17, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 75 Minutes

Participate in this brief study (less than 1.5 hours) which will help the researchers compare tongue movement of speakers with motor speech disorders to healthy speakers.

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