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Participants 18+ Needed for a Study of Pubertal Development and Psychology

Posted: Jul 27, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 +  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 55 Minutes

Heterosexual Men aged 30-69 needed for Interview study on men's sexuality

Posted: Jul 22, 2015
Gender: Male  •  Age: 30 - 69 Years  •  Study Length: 2 Hours

Seeking heterosexual men research participants for Penn State University study on men's sexuality. Participants need to be heterosexual men between the ages of 30 and 69 and can be from ANY REGION IN THE U.S. MEN IN THEIR 30s must have children. This is an interview study regarding attitudes and experiences, conducted via Skype or phone. Interviews take about 2 hours, are confidential, and participants are paid $25 for their time.

Researchers seek new moms for NICU study

Posted: Jul 21, 2015
Gender: Female  •  Age: 18 - 70 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 60 Minutes

We are asking mothers to be in this research study if they recently gave birth to a child who has been admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) so we can better understand the challenges faced by mothers in this situation. We hope the information will improve future research and policies that can help families with babies in the NICU.

Researcher seeks participant for psychology study

Posted: Jul 21, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 +  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 120 Minutes

We are looking for people (18+ years old) to participate in an EEG study. Participants will wear a cap on their heads that contains electrodes which will read their brainwaves while they do a computer task. This equipment is non-invasive but we will be putting some electrode gel in you hair. Shampoo and towels are available for participants to wash their hair afterwards if they like. The study will last a little less than 2 hours and pays $20.

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

Posted: Jul 20, 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 Mandarin-English volunteers who either play an instrument (or sing) OR have minimal to no musical training.

Healthy Aging and the Brain: A Memory Study

Posted: Jul 17, 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.

Right-handed cigarette smokers needed for MRI study

Posted: Jul 14, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 45 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 6 Hours

The Mood, Odor, and Cognition Study at Penn State is recruiting research volunteers for a study examining nicotine addiction in adults with and without ADHD symptoms. Participants will complete questionnaires and, if eligible, complete cognitive tasks in an MRI scanner.

Researchers seek 18-25 year olds for study on ADHD

Posted: Jul 14, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 25 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 2 Hours

The Motor Control, Cognition, and Neuroimaging Lab at Penn State is recruiting research volunteers for a study examining motor function and cognition in adults with and without ADHD. Eligible participants will come to our lab to fill out questionnaires, play computer games and virtual reality tasks and if interested, take part in an MRI study.

Researchers seek participants for eye gaze study.

Posted: Jul 13, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 99 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 15 Minutes

Males and females above the age of 18 are sought to take part in a brief study that looks at eye gaze patterns while viewing a 5 – 6 minute video of a conversation partner. The study should take maximum of 15 minutes to complete, and participants will be compensated $5 for their time. An initial, 5-minute, online screening form will be emailed to potential participants before coming to the lab.

Participants needed who take a diuretic to control blood pressure

Posted: Jul 07, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 40 - 85 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 18 Hours

Purpose of the study: To investigate impairments in blood pressure control in hypertension. Examples of diuretics include: HCTZ, Lasix, Spironolactone and Dyazide.

Fun food study for 3-5 year-olds and their parents!

Posted: Jul 06, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 3 - 5 Years  •  Study Length: 2 Weeks

Help us learn what kids think about food! You and your child may be eligible for a fun food study. We will ask your child to taste foods and eat meals in our lab.

How do you make decisions about food you eat? Study looking for 12-17 year olds!

Posted: Jun 30, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 12 - 17 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 3 Weeks

The purpose of this 18-month project is to examine the relationship between decision-making and weight status and how different components of decision-making influence food choice and consumption in adolescents.

Fun Food Research Study for 4-6 year-olds and their parents

Posted: Jun 22, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 4 - 6 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 15 Hours

Help us teach children to eat in response to their body’s hunger and fullness signals!

Healthy Postmenopausal women needed for blood pressure study

Posted: Jun 16, 2015
Gender: Female  •  Age: 55 - 80 Years  •  Study Length: 12 Hours

Healthy postmenopausal women needed for study investigating the effect of age and estrogen on blood pressure. We are investigating the effects of age and estrogen on blood pressure and the ability of beetroot juice to lower blood pressure in postmenopausal women. This study will help us to better understand the mechanisms responsible for elevated blood pressure responses in postmenopausal women. You will be provided $80 upon completion of 4 visits to the lab.

Researchers seek men and women age 60-90 years

Posted: Jun 16, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 60 - 90 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 10 Hours

Purpose of the study: To investigate reductions in nerve activity and blood flow in the skin due to age

Researchers seek high proficiency Chinese-English bilinguals for ERP study

Posted: Jun 11, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 35 Years  •  Study Length: 9 Hours

Volunteers are needed to participate in a study of bilingual language processing. Participants will be asked to complete computer-based tasks while wearing an EEG cap.

Researchers seek participants ages 20-65 with psoriasis

Posted: Jun 09, 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?

Help your child learn to eat candy in moderation -- Join the ‘Parenting Around Candy’ Project!

Posted: May 22, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 6 - 9 Years  •  Start Date: May 31, 2015 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 4 Weeks

Are you interested in learning strategies that help you manage how much candy your child eats?

Musicians needed for study on language and music

Posted: May 19, 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 musician volunteers whose native language is English and who have minimal to no experience with a second language.

Native English speakers aged 40-80 years needed for fMRI language study

Posted: May 18, 2015
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 40 - 80 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 3 Months

Researchers in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Human Development are currently recruiting persons between the ages of 40-80 to participate in research exploring brain activation in the language network across time.

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