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Researchers seek highly proficient Spanish-English bilinguals who codeswitch

Posted: Apr 22, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 35 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 2 Hours

This study investigates how language is processed by people who know two languages. We seek participants who know Spanish as a native language and who learned English as a second language. Specifically, we seek habitual codeswitchers, people who switch between Spanish and English within the course of a conversation on a daily basis.

Researchers seek healthy adult males for speech production study

Posted: Apr 17, 2014
Gender: Male  •  Age: 18 - 40 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 17, 2014 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 90 Minutes

The purpose of this research is to understand and identify important tongue movement for clear speech production.

Seeking Penn State faculty, staff and students for a survey on travel to campus

Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 99 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 14, 2014  •  Study Length: 10 Minutes

We are looking to understand how people travel to the University Park campus and what influences your travel choices. This is an online survey and will take approximately 10 minutes.

Researchers seek participants for vitamin D study-Compensation provided

Posted: Apr 14, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 30 Years  •  Start Date: Oct 13, 2013 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 2 Hours

Penn State Student Volunteers needed for a research study at the Penn State Clinical Research Center at University Park. Participants are being enrolled in the vitamin D study to investigate the racial/ethnic differences in vitamin D metabolism. Participants will be asked to fill out a health history questionnaire, will attend at least one visit to the Clinical Research Center to give a blood sample, and have blood pressure, height, weight, and skin pigmentation measurements taken. Participants will be compensated for their time, all participants enrolled in the study will be entered into drawings for $100 VISA gift cards.

Researchers seek participants who know Russian and or Ukrainian and English for a language study

Posted: Apr 13, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 45 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 13, 2014 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 2 Hours

This study investigates how sentences are processed by people who know two languages. We seek participants who know Russian and or Ukrainian as native language(s) and who learned English as a second language. The scheduling of the sessions is flexible, depending upon participants' availability. In total, the study takes 2 hours to complete.

Researchers seek participants who know Spanish and English for a language study

Posted: Apr 08, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 45 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 07, 2014 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 2 Hours

This study investigates how sentences are processed by people who know two languages. We seek participants who know Spanish as a native language and who learned English as a second language. The scheduling of the sessions is flexible, depending on participants' availability. This study investigates how sentences are processed by people who know two languages. Specifically we seek participants who have learned Spanish as a native language and who know English as a second language. In total, the study takes 2 hours to complete.

Researchers seeking men and women ages 40-75 who are currently taking blood pressure lowering medication

Posted: Apr 07, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 40 - 75 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 11 Hours

Benefits: General health, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings. 3-4 visits to the Noll Lab/General Clinical Research Center are required including screening and experiment visits.

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of soy protein on cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Posted: Mar 21, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 35 - 60 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 22 Weeks

We are seeking participants 35 - 60 years of age with a BMI of 18-35 kg/m2. Subjects must be healthy and not taking medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, or inflammatory conditions. Participants will be provided with 2 doses of soy protein powder and placebo for six weeks each with several breaks between test periods (total time for study is 22 weeks). At the completion of the study participants will receive lab results and compensation of $150. 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 Soy 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.

Healthy males sought for study of omega-3 fatty acids and inflammation

Posted: Mar 05, 2014
Gender: Male  •  Age: 20 - 45 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 24 Weeks

Male participants are being sought for a study examining the role of omega-3 fatty acids in reducing the inflammatory response to a non-living bacterial agent. The Pronova Study is looking for healthy, non-smoking, normal weight males aged 20-45 years with no history of diabetes or heart disease. Subjects should not be taking anti-inflammatory medications, omega-3 fatty acid supplements, or consume 2 or more servings of high omega-3 fish per week. Participants will be required to consume capsules daily for two 8 week periods and have a 10 hour stay at the CRC at the end of each period. The total duration of the study is 24 or more weeks. If you fit these criteria and would like to participate in this study, please call 1-814-863-8622 or email PronovaStudy@gmail.com. Mention the Pronova Study and leave your name and a contact number. Subjects will receive blood test results and compensation of $300. This study is being conducted by Dr. Ann Skulas-Ray, Dr. Gordon Jensen, and Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton at Penn State University.

Seeking German Native Speakers for Language Study

Posted: Feb 14, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 40 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 60 Minutes

We are currently looking for German native speakers between 18-40 years old who would be interested in participating in an experiment that looks at how speakers comprehend and produce sentences in their native language being conducted for research purposes here at Penn State University by Dr. Carrie Jackson and Courtney Johnson Fowler.

Women needed for a research study on bone health, menstrual health, and energy status

Posted: Feb 11, 2014
Gender: Female  •  Age: 18 - 30 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 6 Weeks

Female volunteers are needed for a research study investigating estimated bone strength in a population of young exercising women as it is related to energy status and menstrual status. Participants will receive measurements of bone density, hormone levels, body fat, and fitness levels.

Researchers seek female students for the HPV study

Posted: Feb 10, 2014
Gender: Female  •  Age: 18 - 26 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 1 Hour

Researchers at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and Penn State University are doing a study to learn about the natural history of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in the post-vaccine era among female college students.

Researchers seek Korean-English/Chinese-English bilingual children at 8-12 yrs for the Cognitive and Language Learning Study

Posted: Feb 06, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 8 - 12 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 5 Hours

We are recruiting Korean-English/Chinese-English bilingual children both with and without a history of language learning difficulties. (1) Hearing, language, cognitive, and motor tests will be provided. (2) Parents will be asked to provide information about their child’s educational and medical history. (3) Results of the testing will be available free of charge. (4) Scheduling is flexible.

Researchers seek overweight individuals for study investigating the health benefits of chocolate and almonds

Posted: Feb 05, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 30 - 70 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 22 Weeks

This is a clinical research study testing the effects of four diets, containing either almonds, dark chocolate, dark chocolate + almonds, or no chocolate or almonds, on established and emerging risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Specifically, this study will assess changes in blood pressure, the levels of fat in your blood, the health of your blood vessels, and your inflammatory status in response to the different diets.

Researchers seek undergrads for study on stress, health, pain, and emotion

Posted: Feb 03, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 25 Years  •  Start Date: Feb 03, 2014 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 90 Minutes

We are currently seeking participants for the PASS2 study, which includes investigation of connections between perceived stress, mood, physical pain, behavior, and health. The purpose of this research study is to examine the extent to which daily changes in pain, emotion, stress, health behaviors (e.g., sleep, alcohol use), and salivary markers of inflammation are associated in undergraduate college students. Also of interest is how demographic factors, personality, and social relationships are associated with inflammation and self-reported health.

Researchers seek individuals with dysarthria/motor speech disorders for speech movement study.

Posted: Jan 29, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 50 Years  •  Start Date: Jan 27, 2014 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 90 Minutes

The purpose of this research is to understand tongue movement for speech in adults with motor speech disorders and to identify important tongue movement for clear speech production in adults with motor speech disorders. After a brief hearing screening, sensors will be attached to the participant's jaw, lower lip and forehead with tape. Two additional sensors will be attached to the tongue using dental glue. Participants will then be asked to produce a list of words in several speaking styles, namely fast, slow, loud, soft and habitual. Height, weight, head circumference, and ear to ear distance will be measured at the end of the session.

Food Lab looking for 8-12 year old children and moms!

Posted: Jan 21, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 8 - 65 Years  •  Start Date: Jan 21, 2014 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 4 Hours

The Penn State food lab needs women and their children between the ages of 8-12 years to participate in a research study examining human eating behavior.

Fun nutrition study for children ages 7-9 years old

Posted: Jan 20, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 7 - 9 Years  •  Start Date: Jan 21, 2014 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 1 Hour

Help us understand more about kids' preferences for milk! We are looking for children without food allergies. We will have your child taste and rate milk products and may take pictures of your child's brain using a safe procedure called fMRI.

Researchers seek an American parent who have a child in age 0-10 years on emotion language

Posted: Jan 18, 2014
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 65 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 1 Hour

Exercising women needed for research study on the menstrual cycle, metabolism, and bone health

Posted: Sep 18, 2013
Gender: Female  •  Age: 18 - 35 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 14 Months

The Women’s Health and Exercise Lab in Noll Laboratory is looking for exercising women for a research study investigating the impact of exercise and diet on the menstrual cycle, metabolism, and bone health.

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