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Introducing Humor to Content of Prompts for Prolonged Sedentary Behavior

This is a mixed design study that will examine the effects of introducing humor to the content of prompts on nudging sedentary behavior change of stressful graduate students.
Shan Wang at sxw820@psu.edu
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Fully conversant in English
Stressful Graduate student
With iPhone and willing to change their Password to the assigned unique one by researcher
Three weeks commitment for the study
Those who work/study for more than 6 hours a day on workday and are Interested in developing healthy sedentary behavior and reduce stress
Exclusion Criteria:
those who cannot fully understand survey questions or express their ideas in English
Those who are not graduate student or not feel stressed at all
Those who do not have a iPhone
Those who do not sit a lot during work and have no motivation to have behavior changes
Those who can't commit three weeks
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Real-world Older Driving Study (ROADS)

ROADS will examine the relationships between driving, health, psychosocial and cognition in healthy older adults. This study will involve the placement of a video recording device in participants’ vehicles for 3 months. These devices will record driving habits and conditions such as speed and braking. Participants will also be asked to complete daily surveys on a study provided phone throughout the 3 month study. ROADS participants will be asked to visit the Penn State University for 3 in person visits to complete questionnaires, cognitive and health assessments, and to learn how to use the study provided phone. These visits may last up to 3 hours and on a rare occasion slightly longer.
Michelle Huerbin at mlh5955@psu.edu or 814-865-4773
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Age 70-95 years
Have a valid US driver's license
Drive on average 3 days a week
Willing to have camera installed in vehicle for 3 months
Exclusion Criteria:
Alzheimers or dementia
Any reason for driving restrictions
Neurology, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Using Serious Game Technology to Improve Social Skills in Autism

The goal of this study is to help ASD adolescents improve social skills during face-to-face interactions. We have designed an immersive computer game to help them learn these skills in a fun way. Adolescents play the game at home 3 times a week for 3 months on a computer that we give you. In order to see how well the game is working to teach them, we have to test it against another game that is similar but teaches other skills. We measure your adolescent’s attention in the lab through computer games and by measuring their eye movements. We invite you to answer questions about their social behavior. We are flexible in how we work with families to accommodate busy schedules (e.g., weekend appointments). Families come to Penn State for three visits. We pay for all travel expenses (mileage, toll, hotel). Families are also compensated up to $450 for their time.
Dr. Suzy Scherf at suzyscherf@psu.edu or 814-204-2272
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NCT03690661
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10-18 years old
autism spectrum disorder
corrected vision and hearing at normal levels
can speak in full sentences
stable internet connection in the home
Exclusion Criteria:
active seizure disorder in last 2 years
non-native English speaker
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Altoona, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hershey, PA
State College, PA

Watch and Human Observers (who!): Switched System Models of Physical Activity

This is a behavioral/engineering study that will examine whether the behavioral feedback derived from data generated by a wearable sensor has equivalent effects as the feedback derived from self-monitoring prompts. A change in the step counts as measured by the Fitbit Versa following prompt receipt is the primary endpoint.
Deborah Reese at dlb43@psu.edu or 814-865-7935
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Participants capable of reading, speaking and understanding English and of giving informed consent.
Participants between the ages of 18-29 years.
Participants must be free of visual impairment that would interfere with the use of a Fitbit Versa to receive behavioral prompts.
Participants must be willing to wear a Fitbit Versa almost continually (23.5 hours/day) for a 3 month period of time.
Participants must be residing within the state of Pennsylvania
Exclusion Criteria:
Participants engaging in 150 or more minutes of moderate- or greater intensity physical activity each week.
Participation in an organized program with mandated physical activity (ROTC, sport)
Participants who require an assistive device for mobility or have any other condition that may limit or prevent participation in moderate-intensity physical activity
Participants with contraindications to normal physical activity on the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire.
Participants with a prior diagnosis of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
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A qualitative exploration of rurality, physical activity, and intervention preferences among older residents in Pennsylvania

This study will use interviews to explore to explore perceptions of rurality, physical activity behaviors and physical activity intervention preferences among rural older adults who live in Pennsylvania
Nishat Bhuiyan at nxb49@psu.edu
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At least 50 years old
Currently residing in Pennsylvania
Able to speak, read, and write in English
Exclusion Criteria:
Below age 50
Not currently residing in Pennsylvania
Not able to speak, read, and write in English
Prevention, Mental & Behavioral Health
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The Effects of Aircraft Seat Width on Passenger Comfort

The objective of this research is to determine the relationship between aircraft seat width and passenger comfort. Airlines are reducing the sizes of seats and improving their ability to fly planes at or near capacity. The combined effect is to decrease the quality of the experience of passengers. This work will help us to understand the degree to which comfort has been reduced.
Ritwik Biswas at AirplaneResearch@psu.edu
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We are particularly interested in small and large participants.
You must be a healthy adult aged 18 years or older.
Exclusion Criteria:
Individuals under 18 years of age are not eligible.
Muscle & Bone, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Integrating AAT into TF-CBT for Maltreated Youth: A Randomized Feasibility Trial

This is a randomized clinical trial designed to test the feasibility of integrating Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) into standard Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for the treatment of posttraumatic stress and associated symptoms of maltreated youth.
Brian Allen at ballen1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-4100
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Younger than 18 years old
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03135119
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Child between the ages of 6 and 17
Child has a history of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or other type of maltreatment
Child displays posttraumatic stress symptoms
Primary caregiver willing to participate in treatment
Exclusion Criteria:
Child has a developmental or intellectual delay.
Uncontrolled allergy to or fear of dogs on part of either the child or caregiver.
CHild or caregiver has a history of aggression toward animals
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Harrisburg, PA

Development of Adolescent and Young Adult Social Health (DASH)

Adolescence is a unique developmental period that prepares individuals for adulthood. We are studying the behavioral and brain basis of this important time, particularly in terms of how adolescents understand and think about other people. To study this important developmental transition, we are inviting typically developing children (6-8 yrs), adolescents (10-14 yrs), and young adults (18-22 yrs) to help us with this study. Participants answer questionnaires, play games of face recognition, and have pictures of their brains taken in a neuroimaging session. Child and adolescent participants also have physical exams. Volunteers are compensated for time (between $185-630) in the lab and for the neuroimaging session. If you are a parent and want to begin the screening process for you child, please go here https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51lN8sODiukYOON If you are an adult, and want to begin the screening process please go here: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5cXMng6ybKe0WwJ
Dr. Suzy Scherf at suzyscherf@psu.edu or 814-954-0112
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Native English speaker
Normal vision and hearing (with correction)
Free of neuroneurologic, psychiatric, endocrinology disorders
Free of concussions with loss of consciousness
Exclusion Criteria:
Family history of autism spectrum disorders (in parents or full siblings)
History of working with metal
Irremovable metallic implants in the body (e.g. braces)
Pregnancy
Weigh more than 250lbs or get claustrophobic in small spaces
Children's Health, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Imaging and Depression with or without MS

A study looking at the neural and genetic correlates of depression. Presently, the current study is looking to recruit individuals for two separate groups: 1. MS but NO history of depression 2. Depression but NO history of MS or neurological disease. The purpose of the study is to look at patterns of brain structure and function in individuals with depression and compare them to those with MS. We will explore how any differences we find contribute to more problems with depression in MS and see how such differences might lead to better treatment options for depression.
Cristina Roman at car342@psu.edu or 814-865-5578
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Between the ages of 30-65
Able and willing to undergo an MRI
Able to travel to State College for the Study
Exclusion Criteria:
Current psychotherapy treatment for depression
Started anti-depressant medication in the last 2 months
Diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or significant neurocognitive impairment
Very severe depression that would interfere with the ability to participate or suicidal ideations
Unable to undergo an MRI (metal in your body)
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Neurophysiological Markers of Pediatric Irritability and its Response to Intervention

This study uses specific computer tasks to predict irritability in children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as the effect of ADHD medication (stimulants) on irritability symptoms in children with ADHD. Children ages between the ages of 5 and 12 years are eligible and must have an established diagnosis of ADHD or suspected symptoms of ADHD.
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NCT03279952
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Children between the ages of 5 and 12
Children diagnosed with ADHD or suspected ADHD Symptoms
Children who are able to stop ADHD medication for testing days
Parent/child fluent in English
Exclusion Criteria:
Children younger than 5 year or older than 12 years
Children with visual or hearing deficits or sensitivity to loud noise
Neurological conditions such as active seizure disorder
Prominent traits or diagnosis of Autism, marked developmental delay, mania, psychoses, or suicidal ideation.
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Hershey, PA

Personality and Neurocognitive Development in Adolescence and Adulthood

This study seeks to learn how brain changes in teenagers and young adults may be related to the development of interpersonal and emotional functioning, as well as risky behavior. In particular, we hope to explore differences in the ways that adolescents and adults regulate their emotions and behavior and how this is reflected in computer-based tasks.
Begonia Herbert-Ramirez at bbh5255@psu.edu or 814-863-7624
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12-23 years old
<250 lbs
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First-degree relative diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder
Less than 20/40 far acuity (corrected or uncorrected)
Neurological injury or disease
Pregnant women
Current substance dependence
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA

Attention and Emotional Development in Children

Children with attention problems often feel anxious or worried, and likewise, children who are anxious or worried often have problems with attention. We are looking for children aged 8-12 who may or may not have problems with attention or anxiety to help us understand what happens in the brain that could explain why. You will receive up to $100 gift card for your participation, and informal clinical feedback on your child.
Caitlin Givens at ChildAttention@psu.edu or 814-863-0250
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Children aged 8-12
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Children outside of the 8-12 age range
History of seizures or photosensitive epilepsy
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Altoona, PA
State College, PA

Preadolescent Stress and Health Study

This study will examine the effects of stress on physical and mental health during early adolescence. We are recruiting 11- and 12-year old boys and girls to participate in three yearly visits at the PennStateHealth Pediatric Clinical Research Center. At the visits, a youth and one of their parents or guardians will participate in interviews related to stress, coping, and everyday life. They will also complete some puzzles and cooperative activities both together and separately.Youths will also provide blood, urine, and saliva samples to measure stress hormones and other health indicators such as cholesterol and glucose levels. Participating families will receive compensation for completing surveys at the three timepoints.
Martha Wadsworth at mew27@psu.edu or 814-865-2878
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Younger than 18 years old
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NCT03436706
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Medical assistance or low-income
child age 11 or 12 years
able to commit to two year study
able to read and write English
Exclusion Criteria:
intellectual disability
cancer or congestive heart failure
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Temperament, Evolving Emotions, Neuroscience Study (T.E.E.N.S.)

We are conducting a study examining factors associated with anxiety development in adolescence. We do this through questionnaires and observations of behavior in our laboratory. In this study, we will examine adolescent's emotional development through encountering novel social situations, measuring heart rate and brain activity, and using eye tracking during computer tasks.
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>= age 13
read and speak English
Exclusion Criteria:
neurological disorders
developmental disorders
Autism
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Altoona, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hershey, PA
State College, PA

Identification of Emotion in Music in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The purpose of the project is to learn more about reactions to music by adults with and without autism spectrum disorders. Participants will listen to short pieces of music and answer some questions on a computer. They will also complete some formal testing and answer some interview questions.
Diane Williams at dlw81@psu.edu or 814-865-3177
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18 year(s) or older
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Speak sentence length English as primary language
Normal or corrected to normal vision
Normal hearing
Individuals with and without an autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome
Willing to consent and complete study requirements
Exclusion Criteria:
Cannot speak sentence length English
Vision problems (uncorrected)
Hearing problems
Significant learning problems
Unwilling to consent or complete study requirements
Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
State College, PA

Examining Maternal Reward Responsiveness and the Intergenerational Risk for Depression

Children of depressed mothers are at high risk for developing depression, particularly as youth age into adolescence, yet relatively little is known about the mechanism underlying risk for depression in youth with depressed mothers. The present study examines maternal reward responsiveness, measured across neurophysiological, behavioral, and self-report measures as a marker of depression in mothers of adolescents. Associations between maternal reward responsiveness and parenting difficulties often associated with maternal depression, as well as adolescent functioning will be examined, to explore the clinical impact of maternal reward responsiveness on the intergenerational transmission of depression.
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Female adults 18 years and above with an adolescent child aged 13-16 years
Capacity for informed consent
Fluent in verbal and written English
Adolescent between the ages of 13 and 16 years (inclusive)
Exclusion Criteria:
Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, substance use disorders, schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder
Any hearing or visual impairments
Investigator discretion regarding ability to participate in the study
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health, Women's Health
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Hershey, PA

The Texting Life of Couples Study

This study will examine the frequency and content of text messages exchanged between members of new dating couples, and how the frequency and content of the text messages are associated with relational outcomes (e.g., relationship satisfaction).
Miriam Brinberg at mjb6504@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Must primarily speak and use English.
Must be a member of a dating couple, in which the members of the couple sent their first text messages to each other within the past year.
Must be able to bring a dating partner to the research lab.
Participants and their dating partner must reside at PSU or in the State College, PA area.
Participants and their dating partner must use iPhones, and at least one member of the couple must have Messages set up on their Mac laptop.
Exclusion Criteria:
A person is not eligible for the study if they do not fit the inclusion criteria.
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Randomized Controlled Trial of Smartphone Treatment for Anxious and Depressed Individuals

This study aims to examine the efficacy and effectiveness of a brief 14-day smartphone-delivered treatment on depressed and anxious individuals, particularly university undergraduates. We hope that the brief treatment will help to alleviate psychological distress.
Hani Zainal at nvz5057@psu.edu or 907-767-7088
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Owns a smartphone compatible with the treatment app (iPhone or all Android phones except for Life’s Good brand).
Aged 18 years and above.
Motivated to seek treatment for anxiety and depression.
Fluent in the English language in terms of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Exclusion Criteria:
Unable to consent.
Has a mental health condition that warrants in-person professional mental health treatment.
Unable to commit to the study duration for whatever reasons.
Unable to speak, read, listen, and write English fluently.
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State College, PA

Neurocomputational Mechanisms of Affiliation and Personality (NeuroMAP)

This study seeks to learn how brain changes in young adults may be related to the development of interpersonal and emotional functioning, as well as risky behavior. This research is being done to find out the differences in the ways that emerging adults regulate their emotions and behavior and how this is reflected in computer-based tasks and fMRI.
Begonia Herbert-Ramirez at bbh5255@psu.edu or 814-863-7624
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18 year(s) or older
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18-25 years old
Weigh less than 250 lbs.
Fluent English speaker
Exclusion Criteria:
Metal in body
Neurological disorder (autism, developmental disorder)
Current pregnancy
Less than 20/40 far acuity (corrected or uncorrected)
Men's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health, Women's Health
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Effects of Individualist and Collectivist Culture on Emotional Empathy in Counselor Trainees

This research is an attempt to understand the components of empathy and the cultural factors that shape its development. I am seeking about 200 Master's-level counseling students in the U.S. to complete the online survey. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and participants will have chances to win Amazon gift cards and to learn the study results.
Qu Chen at qbc5002@psu.edu
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Currently enrolled in a counseling program at the Master's level
over 18-year-old
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Not a Master's-level counseling student
under 18-year-old
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Examining executive functioning deficits, affective deficits, and social functioning to better understand disruptive behaviors and callous-unemotional traits

This research seeks to better understand functioning in children who differ in symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), conduct problems (CP), and callous-unemotional (CU) traits, ages 6 - 13. Specifically, this research is being done to find out how these different types of behaviors impact cognitive skills (like attention, impulsivity, working memory, emotion identification) and social functioning to help inform future treatment with these children.
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Children ages 6 to 13 years old
Estimated IQ of 80 or above
Willing and able to discontinue psychoactive medication treatment for the experiemental session, if relevant
Caregiver and child must be fluent in written and spoken English
Exclusion Criteria:
Current or past diagnosis of intellectual disability, any psychotic disorder or autism spectrum disorder, or schizophrenia or rleated disorders
Psychiatric symptoms requiring urgent treatment, such as mania or suicidal ideation/homicidal ideation
Unable to be tested off medication
Physical disabilities that are incompatible with completing laboratory tasks such as hearing or speech impairments, or visual impairments that cannot be corrected with visual aids
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Hershey, PA

Everyday Experiences Study

This study examines how different types of emotions and events that people experience as they go about their everyday life may relate to their health. Participants will be asked questions related to their emotions and health six times a day for a week. Additionally, they will be asked a morning and evening survey about expectations for the day, sleep, and physical health.
Dusti Jones at dmj5352@psu.edu or 814-867-1682
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Aged 25-65
Own a smartphone
Fluent in English
Exclusion Criteria:
Diagnosis of depression or anxiety disorder
Retired
Undergraduate student
Prevention, Sleep Management, Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA

Diet and stress responses in low-income rural adults under the dynamics of food insecurity

The study is recruiting adults in rural Central Pennsylvania to understand how their food environment in fall and winter predicts diet, stress, mood, and health in everyday life. Participants will use a provided survey phone to answer the survey questions and will use a provided chest belt to measure heart rate for 5 mins every day in the morning during the study period. There will be up to 2 training session in State College, PA or a community center in Woodland, PA. Data collection will take place at participant's home. Study compensation and travel compensation will be provided.
Muzi Na at muzi.na@psu.edu or 814-865-2919
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Adults between 20-50 years
In general good health
If female, prior to menopause
Household income <= 185% of the poverty level
Exclusion Criteria:
Has any physical, mental or emotional disabilities
Is pregnant
Non-English speaking
Food & Nutrition, Heart & Vascular, Mental & Behavioral Health
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DuBois, PA
State College, PA

Design and Evaluation of a Portable Test Bed to Measure Cognitive Workload

The purpose of the experiment is to examine the effectiveness of a portable mental workload monitor. Participants will be using a game-like computer program that tests the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. The experimenter will be recording performance data as well as multiple physiological indices to include a desktop eye tracker, a simple electroencephalogram (EEG), a galvanic skin response monitor, and a heart-rate monitor. The recording devices are not intrusive and should not cause discomfort.
Snehal Dhengre at sud702@psu.edu
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Be at least 18 years of age
Understand English
Have normal or normal-corrected vision
Can use standard computer monitor, a mouse, and a game controller
Exclusion Criteria:
Have visual deficiencies where the person is unable to identify the graphical images on a computer monitor from 20” away
Require use of non-standard graphical interfaces or manipulation devices
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State College, PA

Identity Fusion and "Vladimir's Choice": An Exploration of Costly Decision Making

This study will experimentally determine if individuals who identify more strongly with their political party are more likely to make decisions that cause discomfort and possible pain when faced with opposition and competition from individuals with opposing views. This goal will be accomplished in the laboratory via a game between individuals with opposing views that can be won by taking a shot of hot sauce.
Connor Somgynari at cjs72@psu.edu or 224-637-5504
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18 year(s) or older
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Over age 18
No food allergies
English Speaker
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Under age 18
Food allergies
Non-English Speakers
Food & Nutrition, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA

Effects of Context and Puberty on Rewarded Inhibitory Control

The primary objective of this research is to examine the dynamic relationship between developing brain function, pubertal maturation, and variable social and emotional contexts on reward and inhibitory control processes in children, adolescents, and adults.
Daniel Petrie at djp67@psu.edu or 814-865-1728
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Children ages 7-10
Adolescents ages 11-16
Adults ages 25-40
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Significant current medical or psychiatric illness or prior brain trauma/injury
Women who are pregnant or lactating or who plan to become pregnant or breastfeed during the study.
Current use or dependence on alcohol, tobacco/nicotine and/or other drugs of abuse (except caffeine) as assessed by self-report.
Current major depression as assessed by self-report questionnaire.
Mental & Behavioral Health, Vision & Eyes
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Investigating Face Processing Behavior and Neural Circuitry

The ability to recognize faces differs across people. We are studying this variability in behavior and in brain responses in young adults (ages 18-25 years) in the Lab of Developmental Neuroscience at Penn State. If eligible, you will do face recognition tasks on the computer and answer survey questions. You may also be asked to participate in another session in which we take pictures of your brain using MRI. Volunteers are paid $10/hr for time in the lab. Interested participants can start the screening processing by clicking on this confidential screening link here: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9NPJ20bQAPd0VKZ
Dr. Suzy Scherf at suzyscherf@psu.edu
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18-25 years of age
Native English speaker
Free of neurological and psychiatric disorders
Free of concussions with loss of consciousness
Exclusion Criteria:
Family history of autism spectrum disorders (in parents or full siblings)
Neurology, Mental & Behavioral Health, Vision & Eyes
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A Comparison of Physiological Response to a Social Situation in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Neurotypical Controls

The goal of this experiment is to assess the sympathetic response and recovery time of individuals with ASD when stressed in social situations compared to neurotypical controls.
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
A primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or not for Neurotypical Controls
Between 18 and 35 years of age for both ASD and Neurotypical controls
English as primary language spoken for both ASD and Neurotypical controls
Ability to fluently speak in full sentences for both ASD and Neurotypical controls
Ability to self-report (i.e. understand and answer assessment questions written at a third grade comprehension level) for both ASD and Neurotypical controls
Exclusion Criteria:
Inability to provide consent
A significant language delay
Diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, as indicated by the Social Phobia Inventory
Use of the following medication classes in the two weeks prior to the study: beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, antiarrhythmic, cardiac glycoside, alpha adrenergics.
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Hershey, PA

Daily Experiences and Health Behaviors

This study will investigate the relationship between daily experiences, including different types of stress, and health behavior choices among undergraduate students at the daily level.
Cara Rice at cara.rice@psu.edu or 814-863-9724
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18 year(s) or older
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18 or older
25 or younger
Undergraduate at one of following PSU campuses (Abington, Altoona, Behrend, Berks, Harrisburg, Mont Alto, University Park)
Exclusion Criteria:
Under age 18
Over age 25
Not an undergraduate at one of qualifying PSU campuses
Addiction & Substance Abuse, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Daily Emotions and Experiences

This is a daily questionnaire survey that will examine changes in individuals' emotions and experiences in their daily life.
Kay Shin at kxs558@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Major depressive disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder
Fluency in English
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Mania
Substance use disorder
Psychosis
Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA