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Experiments/Studies — Fall 2015

Images and Visual and Tactile Perceptions

Human subjects are needed for a vision/tactile experiment in Dr. Bei Xiao's lab in computer science. The experiment will involve looking at images and compare visual and tactile perceptions. The experiment will pay $10/ hour. The duration of the experiment will be approximating  2 hours.

The current available times for the experiments  are:

This week and next week:

Tuesday 9am-noon, 3pm-6pm

Wed 9am-11am, 5-8pm

Thursday 5:30-8pm

Friday 10am-6pm

Location: SCAN 153

If you are interested in participating, please email bei.xiao@gmail.com

Study in the Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science's Dr. Bei Xiao is conducting an experiment on visual and tactile properties of fabric. It will take a subject around 1.5-2 hours to do. The pay will either be $10 cash or extra credit. The contact to gain more details or make an appointment is Laura at

lu5579a@student.american.edu.

Energy Drinks Study

Research Participants Wanted: Earn up to $220

The Behavioral Pharmacology and Health Promotion (BPHP) Laboratory at AU is recruiting individuals to participate in a study investigating energy drinks. Participants will be asked to consume and rate energy drinks for six weeks while attending 7 lab visits. Participants can earn up to $220 for their full participation in the study. If you are interested in learning more about this study or if you would like to participate, please contact Kristina at bphpstudy32@gmail.com.  

Sponsor: Psychology Department

Contact: Kristina Murani, bphpstudy32@gmail.com

Research Experience Blackboard

Study 1: Perception of Media Images

IRB Approval Number: 15135 

Experimenter's name: Aria Wiseblatt 

Contact Info: (631)560-9043;aw2785a@student.american.edu 

Time Commitment: 25-30 minutes 

Eligibility requirements: AU student, female, between the ages of 18 and 30 Description of the Study:We are currently recruiting female undergraduate and graduate students ages 18 to 30 for a research study. The aim of the study is to learn about people's perceptions of media images. The study takes about 30 minutes and involves completing questionnaires and viewing media images. Participants will receive $5 in cash or .5 research credits.

Study 2: Prejudice in a sample of DC-based University International Students: Examining the role of Acculturative Stress and Perceived Discrimination 

IRB Approval number: # 15125 

Experimenter's name:  Alana Perez (AU ID 4082297)

Contact info:  ap2297a@student.american.edu / 240-437-9211

Time Commitment:  1 hourNumber of credits: 1 credit

Eligibility requirements:  Full time international undergraduate student

Study Description: The present research is aimed at getting a better sense of intercultural relations and experiences of international college students. The study explores prejudice, stress that stems from trying to acculturate to the US culture, and experiences of discrimination. Upon completion of the online questionnaire, you will be able to set up a 5-minute meeting in person or via Skype with the investigator who can award your one research credit and answer any questions you have regarding the study.

Contact info:   ap2297a@student.american.edu / 240-437-9211

 

Eligibility requirements: Full time international undergraduate student

 

Description of study: The present research is aimed at getting a better sense of intercultural relations and experiences of international college students. The study explores prejudice, stress that stems from trying to acculturate to the US culture, and experiences of discrimination.  

 

The survey is in the following link: https://american.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ekW5Q0CxNvyOByl 

 


Study 3: Perceived Similarity of Musical Instrument Timbres 

IRB: 12164

Experimenter's Name: James Lastra  

Contact: JL5190a@student.american.edu OR 704.964.9393

Time Commitment: ~1 hour 

Credits: 1

Eligibility: No significant impairment of hearing or vision. 

Description: Musical timbre is the element of sound that differentiates a piano from a trumpet when both are playing the same pitch and at an equal level of intensity. The nature of musical timbre is not fully understood yet, despite a great deal of research investigating the phenomenon. This study seeks to examine the perceived similarity between various musical instrument tones across individuals in an attempt to advance the current literature. 

Study 4: Parent and Adolescent Perception of Emotion Regulation 

IRB Protocol Number: 2016-55

Experimenter's name: Emma Woodward

Contact Info: PAPERstudyAU@gmail.com

Time Commitment: 1 hour

Number of credits (1 credit= approx. 1 hour commitment): 1

Eligibility requirements: Must be between the ages of 18-19, be able to read and speak English.

Description of study: This research is interested in how older adolescents and their parents handle and express their emotions. Participants will be asked to come into the lab in the Asbury building and complete online questionnaires. Participants will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win a $50 gift card.

Study 5: Differences among Menthol and Non-Menthol Smokers in Smoking Reward and Behavior 

IRB Approval number: 15022

Experimenter's name: Tommy Gunawan

Contact info: Phone: 202-885-1792;Email: bphplab@gmail.com

Time Commitment: 3 hours total

Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 3 credits

Eligibility requirements: At least 18 years old;have been smoking cigarettes daily in the past year. Please contact the lab to get more information.Description of study: This study aims to investigate subjective satisfaction of smoking cigarettes. Participation requires attending 3 laboratory appointments (30 to 90 minutes each). Participants will complete measures and smoke two cigarettes during the duration of the study. You can earn up to $85 or 3 research credits. Please mention Study 031 when contacting the lab

Study 6: An examination of protective factors for first generation college students 

IRB Protocol Number: 2016-57

Experimenter's name: Kelly Macdonald

Contact Info: CollegeStudyAU@gmail.com

Time Commitment: 1 hour

Number of credits (1 credit= approx. 1 hour commitment): 1

Eligibility requirements: Must be an undergraduate at AU, be able to read and speak English.

Description of study: This research is interested in characteristics that make college students successful. Participants will be asked to come into the lab in the Asbury building and complete online questionnaires. Participants will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win a $50 gift card.

Study 7: Neurocognitive sequelae of closed head injuries 

IRB Approval number: 12213

Experimenter's name: Christine So, Bryan Fantie

Contact info: cs8923a@student.american.edu

Time Commitment: Two 30-45 minute sessions that are 48 hours (i.e., 2 days) apart

Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 0.5 credits, $5, or one chance in a drawing for a $25 gift card for each 0.5 hour of participation

Eligibility requirements: Must be between 18-30 years old, and a native English speaker.Description of study: You will be asked to look at pictures of people's faces and names and tell us who is a famous person, and complete an auditory task.

Study 8: Visual Processing in populations with mild to moderate brain injury 

IRB Approval number: Protocol #:IRB-2016-10

Experimenter's name: Bryan D. Fantie, Ph.D.

Contact info: brain@american.edu or 202-885-1745 (Leave message)

Time Commitment: Approximately 1-2 hoursNumber of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): For each hour of participation, a choice of: $10 or 1 credit or a 1/10 chance in a drawing for $50Eligibility requirements: Especially seeking 18-30-year old, native English speakers who, in the last 1-5 years, have had their heads hit (or hit their heads) hard enough to leave them dizzy, disoriented, nauseous, or even unconscious (We also need people for the uninjured control groups). Description of study:  This study involve simple paper &pencil and/or computerized tasks (e.g.,compare visual stimuli that appear on a computer monitor). No needles, no drugs, no shocks, no pain, no math.

Study 9: Perceptions of Body Image 

IRB Approval number: 

IRB Approval Protocol #15056

Experimenters: Rachelle Calixte and David Varas 

Contact info: email grayBIRL@gmail.com

Time Commitment: 1 hour total (Phase I in lab approx. 45 minutes, Phase II via internet approx. 15 minutes)  Number of credits: 1 credit  Eligibility requirements: Must be at least 18 years old Description of study: Participants will complete questionnaires and computer-based tasks that assess their perceptions of body image. They will examine different criteria that influence their perceptions such as body weight, shape, or muscularity. Participants will complete the first part of the study in the lab and will be emailed a brief online questionnaire to be completed 2 weeks later. Students should email the researchers to coordinate convenient times for participation.

Study 10: Face Recognition 

IRB Approval number: 12193

Experimenter's name: Wenyan Bi

Contact Info: wb1918a@student.ameican. edu

Time Commitment: 35-45 minutes

Number of Credits: 1Eligibility requirement: noDescription of study: In this experiment you only need to memorize and recognize pictures of human faces. This experiment aims to examine human's ability of matching the faces of children with those of when they've grown up. The result of this experiment will have implications in tracking the missing children. 

Study 11: Musical Performance Evaluation 

IRB Approval number: 1273276

Experimenter's name: Wenyan Bi

Contact Info: wb1918a@student.american.edu

Time Commitment:45 min 

Number of Credits: 1

Eligibility requirement: no

Description of study: This study aims to investigate strategies people use to evaluate musical performance. In this experiment you will only hear/watch and judge the music performance. No musical background required. You will earn 1 research credit.

Study 12: Examining Health-Related Attitudes 

IRB protocol number: IRB-2016-77

Experimenter: Rachelle Calixte 

Contact info: email: rc7543a@student.american.edu

Time Commitment: approximately 1 hour total  

Number of credits: 1 credit  

Eligibility requirements: Must be at least 18 years old, able to read and write fluently in English. Description of study: Participants will complete questionnaires and computer-based tasks that assess their health-related attitudes and perceptions of public attitudes. The study will take place in the research lab located in Asbury North room 340. If interested, students should email the researcher to coordinate convenient times for participation.

Study 13: Melody recognition 

Experimenter's names: Katie Bates

Contact info: kb5606a@student.american.edu

Time Commitment: 25 minutes

Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 0.5 credit

Eligibility requirements: Participants must have normal hearing.Description of study: You will learn a short melody and try to find it hidden in a set of noise.

Study 14: Cerebellum and autism: Neural mechanisms and modulation of motor and cognitive tasks 

IRB Approval number: 14218

Experimenter's name: Tina Thomas

Contact info: stoodleylab@gmail.com

Time Commitment: 3 sessions of approximately 1 hour each over 3 consecutive weeks

Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 3

Eligibility requirements: You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are:-An adult aged 18-40 years old-Male-Right-handed-A native English speaker-Do not have any implanted medical devices (e.g. pacemakers, cochlear implants)-Not taking medications that act on the central nervous system (anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, sedatives/hypnotics)-you must not currently have or have had a history of neurological (serious head injury, epilepsy, brain tumor, stroke), psychiatric (major depression, anxiety disorder) or developmental disorder (autism, ADHD, dyslexia).Description of study:  The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of a part of the brain called the cerebellum in autism. To do this, we will use a non-invasive method called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). All participants will complete a set of surveys and computer-based tasks of language, memory, and spatial ability during the first visit. These will take about 45 minutes and will only be done on the first visit. After receiving tDCS, participants will complete a different set of behavioral tasks, which will involve both responding to questions and completing computer-based tasks.

Study 15: Voice Timbre Perception 

IRB Approval number: IRB Approval Protocol #12614

Experimenters: Joshua Tatz and Zehra Peynircioglu 

Contact info: email jt5673b@student.american.edu 

Time Commitment: approximately 10-15 minutes total  

Number of credits: 0.5 credit  

Eligibility requirements: Must be at least 18 years old Description of study: Participants are asked to view a computer screen and listen to four different sounds through headphones. Following presentation, participants will indicate what they heard from a selection of choices. Students are asked to email Joshua Tatz directly at jt5673b@student.american.edu to coordinate a meeting time for research experience.