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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.

Researcher seeks monolingual English speakers for language study

Posted: Apr 25, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 40 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 2 Hours

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!

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

Posted: Apr 18, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 65 Years  •  Start Date: Apr 18, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 2 Hours

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.

Research opportunity at Penn State! Compensation available!

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

Researchers seek California natives for speech study.

Posted: Mar 25, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 25 Years  •  Start Date: Mar 28, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 1 Hour

The focus of this study is to study the speech patterns of Pennsylvania English to California English. NOTE: we have recruited enough PA natives and are currently only seeking CA natives. Participants will be asked to read simple sentences in English while their speech is recorded. The recording session will last approximately one hour, and participants will be compensated. There are no risks associated with this study, and recordings will be kept confidential.

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.

Female volunteers needed for a study on contraception, hormones, and bone health

Posted: Mar 15, 2016
Gender: Female  •  Age: 18 - 30 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 4 Months

We are looking for female volunteers for a research study investigating the effects of oral and non-oral contraceptives on the production of hormones essential for growth and the maintenance of bone health.

Researchers seeking healthy men and women ages 21-35 for study on personality, sleep, and health

Posted: Mar 14, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 21 - 35 Years  •  Start Date: Mar 15, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 6 Hours

The purpose of this research study is to assess the links between personality, daily positive and negative events, sleep quality, and cardiometabolic markers in daily life. We hope to use the results of this study to inform interventions to improve daily mood and sleep quality.

Seeking proficient Spanish speakers to understand language learning in adults

Posted: Mar 07, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 - 35 Years  •  Start Date: Mar 21, 2016 or by appointment  •  Study Length: 8 Hours

This study will examine why some adults report learning new languages with ease while others struggle to learn another language. Participants will perform some categorization tasks, read sentences in English and Spanish while their brain activity is recorded using EEGs, and will learn some vocabulary in a new language (Finnish). The study will take place over the course of 5 sessions.

Participants needed with history of muscle cramping

Posted: Mar 03, 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.

Seeking electronic nicotine device smokers for an electronic hookah study

Posted: Mar 03, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 18 +  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 1 Hour

The Smoking & Health Behavior Research Laboratory at Penn State is currently seeking healthy regular electronic nicotine device users to participate in a research study evaluating responses to electronic waterpipe/hookah use. This is not a quit smoking study.

Researchers seeking health older adults for a study on the cognitive neuroscience of aging

Posted: Feb 23, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 60 - 85 Years  •  Start Date: Available by appointment •  Study Length: 210 Minutes

We are looking for healthy adults between 60 and 85 years of age interested in participating in research that investigates how our brain perceives, processes, and remembers information.

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: Feb 21, 2016
Gender: Male / Female  •  Age: 35 - 60 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.

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