Psychology Experiments & Studies

Study 1: Neurocognitive sequelae of closed head injuries Study 1: Neurocognitive sequelae of closed head injuries item options
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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 
Number of credits (1-2 credits possible = approx. 1-2 hour commitment):  For each hour of participation, a choice of: $10 or 1 research credit. Most people will earn 1-2 credits.
Eligibility requirements:  Although we also need people for the uninjured control groups, we are looking especially for people who, in the last 10 years, 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 2: Social Media and Anxiety Study 2: Social Media and Anxiety item options
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Study Title: Social Media and Anxiety
IRB Approval number: 2018-146
Experimenter: Dr. Michele Carter; Nicolette Carnahan
Contact Info: Nicolette Carnahan at nc9999a@student.american.edu
Time Commitment: 1 hour
Number of credits: 1
Eligibility requirements: 18 years or older
Description of study: The study is looking at anxiety caused by interactions on Facebook in comparison with anxiety in face-to-face interactions.


Study 3: The Examination of Cognitive Models of Anxiety Study 3: The Examination of Cognitive Models of Anxiety item options
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Study Title: “The Examination of Cognitive Models of Anxiety”
IRB Protocol Number: IRB-2018-217 
Experimenter’s Name: Lauren Rothstein 
Contact Information: Dickson Tang- dt1086a@student.american.edu 
Time Commitment: 30 minutes 
Number of Credits (1 credit = approx. 1 hour commitment):  0.5
Eligibility Requirements: You must be at least 18 years old.
Description of study: Participation will take about 30 minutes. Participants in the study will complete a behavior task and questionnaires. Eligible non-psychology students have the opportunity to earn $5.00 for participating in the study. If you are a psychology student and are eligible to participate, you could earn 0.5 research credits.  


Study 4: College-Aged Women's Perceptions of Social Media Study 4: College-Aged Women's Perceptions of Social Media item options
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Study Title: College-Aged Women's Perceptions of Social Media
Study #: IRB-2018-354
Experimenters name: Hannah Chapman
Contact info: socialmediastudyau@gmail.com ; (443)2230348
Time commitment: 1 hour
Research credits: 1
Eligibility requirements: Female between the ages of 18-30
Description of study: This is a study examining college-aged women's perceptions of social media. Participants will be asked to complete an online survey before coming into the lab for a short face-to-face session with the researcher. During their time in the lab, participants will spend part of their time browsing the internet and part of their time filling out a second survey. 


Study 5: Anagram Memory Experiment Study 5: Anagram Memory Experiment item options
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Study Title: Anagram Memory Experiment
IRB Approval Number: IRB-2018-25 
Experimenters: Sara Wong; Dr. Peynircioglu
Contact Info: sw9180a@student.american.edu ,  peynir@american.edu 
Number of Credits:  1 credit
Time Commitment: 30 – 60 minutes
Eligibility requirements: Participants must be fluent in written English
Description of study: You will study a list of words and be tested on them.

Study 6: Examen Spiritual Exercise. Emotions, Goals, and Well-being Study 6: Examen Spiritual Exercise. Emotions, Goals, and Well-being item options
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Study Name:  Examen Spiritual Exercise, Emotions, Goals, and Well-being
IRB Approval Number:  IRB-2019-73
Experimenter’s Name:  Millicent Curlee
Contact info: auexamenstudy@gmail.com 
Time Commitment:  3 lab visits and 1 week of daily diary
Number of Credits:  1 credit or $5 per lab visit (3 credits total possible)
Eligibility Requirements:  Must identify as a Christian and be at least 18 years old
Description of Study: 
Study on a Christian Contemplative Prayer
We are conducting a study that looks at the impact of the examen, a Christian contemplative exercise. Participation in the study includes three lab visits, each approximately one week apart, and seven daily surveys. You can receive up to $25 or 3 psychology research credits and up to $10 for participating. You must identify as a Christian and be at least 18 years old to participate.
If interested, please contact auexamenstudy@gmail.com  for more information!

Study 7: The Relationship Between Personality Traits and Comprehension Study 7: The Relationship Between Personality Traits and Comprehension item options
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Study title: The Relationship Between Personality Traits and Comprehension
IRB Approval number: IRB-2019-10
Experimenter’s name: Erika Fenstermacher, with Dr. Nate Herr
Contact info: personalitycomp@gmail.com
Time Commitment: 1 hour
Number of credits: 1 credit 
Eligibility requirements:  Must be an AU student; age 18-22
Description of study: Participation in this study involves completing a set of questionnaires that will ask about different aspects of one's personality and mood state. Then, participants will read a story which depicts a man traveling in an automobile to a river. This short story features vivid imagery and participants will then answer brief questions about it. The total amount of time for participation in this study is 30-60 minutes.

Study 8: Study Spatial Thinking in Science Study 8: Study Spatial Thinking in Science item options
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Study title: Spatial Thinking in Science
IRB Approval number: IRB-2018-122
Experimenter’s name: Primary Contact: Christine Bresnahan, Principal Investigator: Emily Grossnickle-Peterson
Contact info: edneurolab@american.edu
Time Commitment: approx. 1 hr.
Number of credits: 1
Eligibility requirements: Undergraduate student
Description of study: This study consists of solving tasks on a computer, reporting on those tasks, and completing surveys. Participants will be asked to provide answers to a series of questions related to spatial thinking.


Study 9: Distinguishing People from Faces and Voices -- No Longer Available Study 9: Distinguishing People from Faces and Voices -- No Longer Available item options
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Study title: Distinguishing People from Faces and Voices
IRB approval number: IRB-2019-145
Experimenter's name: Joshua Tatz
Contact info: jt5673b@student.american.edu
Number of credits: 2 (approximately 1.5 to 2 hour time commitment)
Eligibility requirements: 18 years of age, normal or corrected-to-normal hearing and vision
Description of study: Several pairs of people speaking short sentences will be presented to you and you will be asked to rate the pairs for how similar they are.
Afterwards, you will fill out a short demographic survey. Please contact the experimenter directly to arrange a meeting. Also, because the task is repetitive, the participant has the option to take a 10 min break after the first half of the experiment or come in on a different day for the second half of the experiment. 

Study 10: What’s your style of thinking? Study 10: What’s your style of thinking? item options
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Study title:  What’s your style of thinking?
IRB Approval number: IRB-2019-138
Experimenter’s name:  Suzanne Parker & Dr. Anthony Ahrens
Contact info:  AUPsychLab@gmail.com
Time Commitment:  45min-1hr
Number of credits:  1 credit
Eligibility requirements:  18yo and above; student at AU
Description of study:  A series of brief tasks and questionnaires done via the computer.