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Experiments — Spring 2015

Study 1: Music Performance Evaluation
Study Title: Music Performance Evaluation
IRB Approval number: 14062
Experimenter’s name: Wenyan Bi
Contact Info: wb1918a@student.american.edu
Time Commitment: 15-20 min
Number of Credits: 0.5
Eligibility requirement: none
Description of study: This study aims to investigate strategies people use to evaluate musical performance. In this experiment you will only watch and judge the music performance. No musical background required.


Study 2: Recognition of Singing and Speaking Voices
Study title: Recognition of Singing and Speaking Voices
IRB Approval Number: 13205
Experimenter's names: Juliana Repice, Zehra Peynircioglu
Contact Info: juliana.repice@student.american.edu
Time Commitment: 15 - 30 minutes
Number of credits: 0.5 credits
Eligibility requirements: must be 18 - 30 years old
Description of study: The current study is investigating the ability to identify individual speakers from their singing voices. Participants will be tested on their ability to determine if a sample was spoken or sung by the same individual after hearing either speech and singing samples.
 

Study 3: Perception of emotion in auditory stimuli
Study title: Perception of emotion in auditory stimuli
IRB Approval number: 12050
Experimenter’s names: Jordan Wyatt and Zehra Peynircioglu
Contact info: email JordanWyattchess@yahoo.com
Time Commitment: approx. 40 minutes
Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 1
Eligibility requirements: Normal adults (18+). There are no special eligibility requirements.
Description of study: The study focuses on how individuals perceive emotion in speech. Participants listen to several short excerpts and rate them with respect to the evoked emotion.


Study 4: Self-Esteem and Negative Thought Response
Study title: Self-Esteem and Negative Thought Response
IRB Approval number:14181
Experimenter’s name: Elin Ryd
Contact info: er6792a@student.american.edu
Time Commitment: 30 mins
Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 0.5 credits
Eligibility requirements: 18 years old or above
Description of study: The purpose of this study is to examine what factors predict emotional responses to negative stimuli. Participants will be asked to fill out five sets of brief questionnaires that ask them about their personality, beliefs about themselves, and emotional responses. participants will also respond to two open-ended questions that ask you to write your thoughts about a negative scenario. Finally, they will be asked to listen to an uplifting musical piece. The entire study should last about 25 minutes.
 

Study 5: Neurocognitive sequelae of closed head injuries
Study title: 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. NOTE: WE WILL STOP RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS BY THE END OF MARCH, SO PLEASE CONTACT EARLY IF YOU'D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE.
 

Study 6: Personality and Communication Study
Study title: Personality and Communication Study
IRB Approval number: 14220
Experimenter’s name: Danielle Weber
Contact info: communicationstudyau@gmail. com
Time Commitment: 1 hour
Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 1
Eligibility requirements: Must be able to read and speak English fluently
Description of study: This study is interested in how personality traits influence how people communicate about emotions. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires and have a written, anonymous exchange with a conversation partner about recent experiences.
 

Study 7: Recognition of Emotions in Faces
Study title: Recognition of Emotions in Faces
IRB Approval number: 14208
Experimenter’s name: Evelyn Meier
Contact info: prefacestudy@gmail.com
Time Commitment: 1 hour
Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 1 credit
Eligibility requirements: undergraduate student
Description of study:
Participants needed for study of emotion recognition
Can you detect others’ emotions? We are currently recruiting undergraduate students for a research study. The study seeks to learn more about the ways that people differ in their ability to recognize emotions in others. The 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
Those interested should email Evelyn Meier at PrefaceStudy@gmail.com or call (202) 885-6546(202) 885-6546 and ask about the “Faces Study”
 

Study 8: Emotion and College Adjustment
Study Title: Emotion and College Adjustment
IRB Approval number: 14191
Experimenter’s name: Cara Goerlich
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Noemí Enchautegui-de-Jesús
Contact info: cg4100a@student.american.edu
Time Commitment: Approximately 50 minutes (45 minutes online, 5 minutes in-person)
Number of credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment): 1 research credit
Eligibility requirements: Freshman-year college students 18-19 years of age
Study Description: This study seeks to determine whether one’s beliefs about emotions are related to college adjustment and depression. The study will be conducted online via a questionnaire and will ask questions about emotional self-regulation, social, emotional, and academic college adjustment, level of attachment to the university, and negative emotional states, including depression. Upon completion of the questionnaire online, you will be able to set up a time to meet in-person with the investigator who can award your half of a research credit and answer any questions you have regarding the study.
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