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Experiments/Studies — Fall 2015

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:

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 / 240-437-9211Time Commitment:  1 hour

Number of credits: 1 creditEligibility requirements:  Full time international undergraduate studentStudy 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.

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: 1Eligibility: 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.