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Experiments/Studies — Fall 2016

Study 1: Personality Effects on Interpersonal Interaction

Study Title: Personality Effects on Interpersonal Interaction

IRB Approval number: IRB-2016-273


Experimenter’s name: Jenny Mitchell, Dr. Nathaniel Herr

Contact info: auinteractionstudy@gmail.com; 410-903-9188

Time Commitment: 1 hour: 40 minutes in-lab session, 20 minutes survey-taking on home computer

Number of credits: 1 credit

Eligibility requirements: Must be 18 years or older.

Description of study: This study involves completing a number of personality-related survey measures. You will also write two paragraphs about your strengths and weaknesses, receive feedback on these paragraphs from other participants, and choose which other participant you want to interact with in a 10-minute getting-to-know-you task involving a naturalistic conversation with ice-breaker questions.


Study 2: The Effect of Daily Writing Activities on Psychological Outcomes

Study Title: The Effect of Daily Writing Activities on Psychological Outcomes
IRB Approval #: IRB-2016-262
Experimenter Name: Laura Herron
Contact info: lh7195a@american.edu
Time Commitment: Two lab visits (each 30-50 minutes) plus 15 minutes every night for 1 week filling out an online portion, and a 10-minute follow-up after 1 month.
Number of credits: Up to 2, plus up to $10, and a chance to win $50
Eligibility Requirements: Must be 18 or older.
Description of the study: This study explores the way that daily writing exercise affect emotion and stress. Participants will spend 15 minutes each night for 1 week filling out a short writing exercise, and they will be asked to come to the lab to fill out questionnaires once at the beginning of the week and once at the end. Compensation: Each hour-long lab session will be compensated either 1 research credit or $5 (for those participants not participating for credit). For the weeklong daily diary portion, you can earn up to $10. For completing the 15-minute follow up one month later, you will be entered into a lottery for a chance to win $50.

Study 3: The Effect of Safety Behaviors on Post-Event Processing in a Speech Context

Study title: The Effect of Safety Behaviors on Post-Event Processing in a Speech Context

IRB Approval number: IRB-2017-41

Experimenter’s name: Nicolette Carnahan; advisor: Dr. Michele Carter

Contact info:  nc9999a@student.american.edu

Time Commitment:  1 hour (2 sessions total)

Number of credits:  1

Eligibility requirements: Undergraduate students 18 years or older  

Description of study:  The purpose of this study is to examine factors that influence anxiety during speech situations. The study takes around 45 minutes the first session and consists of questionnaires and an interview as well as a second session of around 10 minutes, one week later.


Study 5: Vocabulary Study Habits

Study title: Vocabulary Study Habits


IRB Approval number: IRB #12614


Experimenters: Joshua Tatz and Zehra Peynircioglu


Contact info: jt5673b@student.american.edu


Time Commitment: approximately 22 minutes   


Number of credits: 0.5 credit  


Eligibility requirements: Must be at least 18 years old


Description of study: Participants will be presented with a list of several words. Following presentation, participants will provide responses about their likelihood of recalling that word later. Students are asked to email Joshua Tatz directly at jt5673b@student.american.edu to coordinate a meeting time for research experience.


Study 6: Describing emotions and life events

Study title: Describing emotions and life events

IRB Approval number: IRB-2016-108

Experimenter’s name:  Emily Farr

Contact info:    ef0108a@american.edu

Time Commitment: 1 hour

Number of credits : 1 credit
Eligibility requirements: AU student, Age 18+, native English speaker   

Description of study:  The emotions and Positive Psychology Laboratory at AU is recruiting individuals to participate in a study investigating how people describe emotions and life events. Participants will be asked to come to the lab for 1 hour and write about life events and fill out questionnaires.


Study 7: Neurocognitive sequelae of closed head injuries

Study Title: Neurocognitive sequelae of closed head injuries

IRB Approval number: Protocol #:12213

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

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

Time Commitment: Approximately 1-2 hours (Requires 2 testing sessions on separate days)

Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): For each hour of participation, a choice of:$10 or 1 research credit.

Eligibility requirements: Although we also need people for the uninjured control groups, we are looking especially for 18-30-year old, native English speakers who have had their heads banged (or banged their heads) hard enough to leave them dizzy, disoriented, nauseous, or even unconscious.  

Description of study:  This study involves simple paper & pencil and/or computerized tasks (e.g., Make judgments about pictures of faces and names). No needles, no drugs, no shocks, no pain, no math.

Study 8: Smoking Motivation and Reaction Time (#033)

Study Title: Smoking Motivation and Reaction Time (#033)

IRB Approval number: Protocol #:2016-180

Experimenter’s name: Naomi Stahl

Contact info: bphplab@gmail.edu or 202-885-1792 (reference Study #033)

Time Commitment: Approximately 2-3 hours

Number of credits: 2

Eligibility requirements: Adults 18 years or older, daily smokers.

Description of study: The purpose of this research study is to evaluate your attitudes towards smoking, and the effects of smoking on feelings, and behavior (particularly reaction time).


Study 9- Recognition of Emotion in Faces

Study Title: Recognition of Emotion in Faces

IRB Approval number: IRB-2016-273

Experimenter’s name: Alexandra Long

Contact info:  prefacestudyau@gmail.com;  703-409-9070

Time Commitment: 1 hour in-lab session

Number of credits: 1 credit

Eligibility requirements: Must be 18 years or older.

Description of study:
We are currently looking for undergraduates for a research study. This study seeks to learn more about the ways that people differ in their ability to recognize emotions in others. This study takes 1 hour and involves taking surveys and viewing photos and videos of different facial emotions. Participants will receive 1 hour of research credit.

Study 10: Diagnostic measurement of Visual Acuity and Contrast Sensitivity

Study Title: Diagnostic measurement of Visual Acuity and Contrast Sensitivity

IRB Approval number: Protocol #:11222

Experimenter’s name: Divya Nigam (graduate student) advisor: Arthur Shapiro

Contact info: dn7045a@american.edu

Time Commitment: 2 hours

Number of credits: 2 credits

Eligibility requirements: no extraordinary visual ailments

Description of study: An analysis utilizing several visual tests that are currently used (Pelli Robson and ETDRS chart) clinically in comparison to our computer tasks