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The Role of Parental Emotion Regulation in Parent-Child Conflicts

This study seeks to examine parenting skills in responses to child misbehavior. Parents complete rating scales about their child's symptoms and behaviors and also participate in computer tasks to measure brain wave activity through EEG. There is an optional section where parent and child will be video recorded while completing activities together. Following the testing sessions are 8 weeks of counseling sessions for parents to help better manage their child's attention and behavior symptoms.
james waxmonsky at jwaxmonsky@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-8646
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Parent of a child aged 5-12 with ADHD
Child must have mild to moderate symptoms of ODD
Exclusion Criteria:
Not having a child ages 5-12 with ADHD
Non-English speaking
Child with ADHD has diagnosis of mental retardation or prominent traits of autism
No additional child in the family can be enrolled simultaneously in this study
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Improving Autism Screening with Brain-Related miRNA

The central aim of this project is to characterize the expression of exosomal microRNA (miRNA) and nucleic acids in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We propose to measure the expression of extracellular miRNA and nucleic acids in children with ASD. Expression levels of miRNA and nucleic acids from blood and saliva will be compared between children with autism and normally developing controls. The goal of this study will be to identify genetic regulatory mechanisms involved in ASD and provide potential biomarkers for diagnostic screening.
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NCT02712853
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Age: 1-4 years
Confirmed Diagnosis of Autism or Developmental Delay or Healthy Child
Exclusion Criteria:
Wards of the state
Sensory Impairment (blindness/deafness)
Confounding neurological condition (cerebral palsy, epilepsy)
Gastrostomy Tube Dependence
Active Peridontal Disease
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Deprexis Study: An online program to reduce depression in MS – a phase III international multicenter randomized controlled trial

An online program to reduce depression in MS – a phase III international multicenter randomized controlled trial
Deprexis Team Roman at mhc147@psu.edu or 814-865-5578
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18 year(s) or older
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT02740361
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Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis
Current Depression
No current treatment for depression
Internet access
Between the ages of 18-65
Exclusion Criteria:
No diagnosis of MS
No current psychotherapy for depression
No substantial neurocognitive impairments
Started anti-depressants in the last 2 months
Neurology, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Penn State Hershey Sitting and Health Study

This study aims to examine the effect of pedaling a compact elliptical device at the desk on employees' work productivity. This study also aims to evaluate the effect of different types of incentives on promoting desk-based pedaling.
Liza Rovniak at activitystudy@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03274635
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Penn State Hershey full time employee
Overweight or obese
Spend at least 5 hours per day sitting at a desk
Have eligible overweight/obese coworker who can do study together with you
18-70 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
Currently pregnant
Planned surgical or medical treatment that will prevent ability to complete study
Heart condition, or chest pain during physical activity
Planned travel or relocation during study period
Already have desk cycling device or treadmill at desk
Heart & Vascular, Prevention, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Interoception, the 8th Sensory System, Is it measurable?

Sensory processing is often affected in children and adolescents with ASD (autism). The 8th sensory system, coined interoception, is under studied in how it affects children with autism. Our study will compare children with and without autism (ages 11-18 years) using a tool we are developing. Our study hopes to develop psychometric properties of a tool to measure this new sensory sense.
Cheryl Tierney at ctierney@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-8414
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Ages 11-18
Reading at 5th grade level in English
Healthy controls OR high functioning Autism
Exclusion Criteria:
Unable to read at 5th grade reading level
Under age 11 or over age 18
Cannot read English
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Study driver situation awareness and behavior in connected and autonomous vehicles with a driving simulator

This is a behavioral study that will examine the effect of different message designs and driver characteristics on driver situation awareness and driving behavior in connected and autonomous vehicles. The driving simulator will be used to simulate various traffic events in connected and autonomous vehicle environments. All you need to do is driving on a driving simulator or watch driving scenarios online and complete questionnaires. The online pilot study will take about 1.5 hours. The in-person simulator study in lab will take 5 minutes for a pre-screening survey and 2 hours for the experiment.
Xiaomei Tan at xmtan@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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You must be a native English speaker.
You must possess a valid and unrestricted US driver license for at least two years
You must have normal vision. Wearing eyeglasses or contacts are NOT acceptable.
You must have a smartphone (Android or iOS).
You must complete a short pre-screening survey, which will be sent out after you sign up for the study.
Exclusion Criteria:
Participants who don't possess a valid driver license will be excluded from the study.
Participants who drink alcohol within the 8 hours before the study will be excluded from the study
Participants who wear eyeglasses or contacts will be excluded from the study.
Participants who are not native English speakers will be excluded from the study.
Participants who do not have a smartphone will be excluded from the study.
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Vision & Eyes
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Investigation of Semantic Processing in Context

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of context on the processing of words in young adults with and without an autism spectrum disorder. The knowledge gained may lead to further understanding of the cognitive and linguistic processing of individuals with autism spectrum disorder—how they understand and see the world around them. The study is being conducted at our on-campus lab and includes the completion of some standardized paper and pencil tests and some computer-based activities. Participants receive compensation for their participation.
DIANE WILLIAMS at dlw81@psu.edu or 814-865-3177
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18 year(s) or older
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Speak English as primary language
Normal or corrected to normal vision
Normal hearing
With or without a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome
Exclusion Criteria:
Cannot speak sentence length English
Vision problems (uncorrected)
Hearing problems
Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Efficacy of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Scripts for Social Phobia

This research is conducted to test if virtual reality technology is effective to help people face their social fears and promote the use of adaptive social skills in various settings. You will be immersed in a range of virtual reality environments and work with a research therapist to learn certain skills, such as managing fears of negative evaluation during job interviews, and interacting with peers in common social settings (e.g., classrooms, cafeterias).
Hani Zainal at nvz5057@psu.edu or 814-863-0115
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18 year(s) or older
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT04850989
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Be at least 18 years old
Experiencing significant social anxiety
Able to read, write, and understand English
Not struggling with ongoing ongoing alcohol or substance use
Not actively suicidal
Exclusion Criteria:
Not interested in engaging in mental health treatment
Not socially anxious
Men's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health, Women's Health
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Understanding the Relationship between Education and Well-being among College Students with Disabilities

The purpose of the study is to gain an understanding of students’ experiences in college and their engagement help-seeking and healthy behaviors. Participation in the study involves completing a brief online-survey on Qualtrics, which we anticipate will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Amber O'Shea at amo5208@psu.edu or 814-867-5721
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18 year(s) or older
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Currently enrolled as a college student
18 years of age or older
Capable of providing informed consent
Diagnosis of a disability
Able to understand written English
Exclusion Criteria:
Adults unable to provide legal consent
Individuals who are not yet legal adults
Pregnant women
Prisoners
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Women's Health
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A more naturalistic interaction: using back-channeling in smart-speakers to indicate active listening

In this project, we aim to extend the capabilities of smart-speakers (such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Siri, etc.) to support more engaging interactions with their users. Specifically, we would like to make the future of smart-speakers more conversational. One of the key aspects in developing a conversation is to be an active listener; showing interest in the speaker and allowing them to extend their turn in talk. In this study we investigate how smart-speakers can become better listeners by incorporating some of the human-human conversational features of active listening. Our question is, how can smart-speakers extend the users' turn in talk by being better listeners?
Nasim Motalebi at nfm5140@psu.edu or 814-753-2081
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18 year(s) or older
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18 years of age and older
English speaking individuals
Exclusion Criteria:
under 18 years old
non english-speaking individuals
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Storytelling on Snapchat

This study will examine via ethnographic observation the Story feature on social media. Participants will be asked to provide their Snapchat or Instagram username and must be willing to let the researcher observe the Stories that they post. The primary aims are to illuminate how and why people are using the Story feature on social media, and to analyze how this feature is changing how we relate to and understand the world around us.
Michael Krieger at mlk75@psu.edu or 646-430-0117
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
User of the Story feature on Snapchat or Instagram
At least 18 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
Anyone under the age of 18 years old
Non users of social media
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Randomized trial of low nicotine cigarettes plus electronic cigarettes in smokers

This study will examine the health effects of lowering the nicotine content in cigarettes while having access to an electronic cigarette.
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18 year(s) or older
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NCT04058717
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Ages 21-70
Smoke 5 or more cigarettes per day
Must be willing to both switch to a different type of cigarette and try an electronic cigarette
No serious quit attempt or use of smoking cessation medication in the past 30 days
Meet diagnostic criteria for current or lifetime mental health condition
Exclusion Criteria:
Women who are pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant
Any known allergy to propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin
History of difficulty providing blood samples
Other member of the household currently participating in the study
Unstable or significant medical condition in the past 3 months
Smoking, Vaping, Nicotine and Tobacco, Addiction & Substance Abuse, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Assessing cognitive and psychosocial mechanisms of Useful Field of View cognitive training using ecological momentary assessment

We are interested in how brain games impact everyday life in healthy older adults. Participants will play 20 hours of brain games on a study-provided laptop, and we will examine how the brain games impact everyday life. This study will be performed remotely in participants homes using study-provided laptops. Some participants may also participate in 2 optional visits with brain MRI scans at Penn State University and at home sleep monitoring.
Courtney Fine at cjf5860@psu.edu or 814-865-4773
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18 year(s) or older
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NCT04651582
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65 or older
no diagnosis of dementia
available for 6 months
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64 or younger
dementia or motor movement disorder diagnosis
cognitive training within past 2 years
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Understanding the Well-being of Advanced Counseling Students of Color

The primary objective of this study is to increase our understanding of the ways in which perceived discrimination, coping strategies, competence, stress, social support, and self-efficacy in counselor education programs relate to overall well-being for advanced counseling students of color.
Kyesha Isadore at kmi5@psu.edu or 337-326-3788
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18 year(s) or older
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Currently enrolled as a master’s or doctoral student in a counseling education program
18 years of age or older
Capable of providing informed consent without the assistance of a legal guardian
Identify as a racial or ethnic minority
Able to understand written and spoken English at the time of the survey
Exclusion Criteria:
Adults unable to consent
Individuals who are not yet adults (infants, children, teenagers)
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Examining contextual factors associated with food-related reward and eating restraint

Rates of obesity have risen sharply throughout the world over the past several decades. The increase in the availability of highly palatable, high-calorie foods may be one factor that has contributed to this trend. That is, the availability of such foods may lead to their over-consumption and corresponding weight gain. Currently, relatively little is known about how the availability of foods, per se, affects things such as the motivation to eat and the ability to resist doing so. The current study is designed to help address this knowledge gap by examining the effects of food availability in people with high levels of dietary restraint. Dietary restraint, which refers to the intention to restrict food intake deliberately in order to prevent weight gain or to promote weight, is linked to problematic patterns of eating. This project uses laboratory tasks and brain imaging to study the effects of food availability on various outcomes, including food choices, food craving, and responses in brain areas linked to motivation.
Josie Huang at suh438@psu.edu or 814-867-2333
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18 year(s) or older
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Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 45.
Participants must be right handed.
Participants must be fluent English speakers.
Participants must have a body mass index (BMI) >= 25.
Participants must have experienced food eating/weight issues.
Exclusion Criteria:
If participants are currently engaging in active dieting behaviors (e.g., a weight loss program) or they are taking medications that could alter appetite or body weight.
If participant have a lifetime history of diagnosed eating disorders, diabetes, hyperglycemia, high levels of triglycerides, or high cholesterol or other related medical conditions.
If participants have any known risk from exposure to high-field strength magnetic fields (e.g., pace makers), any irremovable metallic foreign objects in their body (e.g., braces), or a questionable history of metallic fragments.
If participants report that they are vegetarian/vegan.
If participants are not willing to refrain from using alcohol for 24 hours or from using nicotine products/recreational drugs for 3 weeks, or unwilling to fast from food for 5 hours prior to two of three lab visits.
Food & Nutrition, Mental & Behavioral Health
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The association between perceived parenting styles, intolerance of uncertainty, and anxiety among young adults

This study aims to understand the association between young adults' perceived parenting, intolerance of uncertainty, and trait anxiety. Participant will be asked to complete a questionnaire that aims to answer the environment and parenting beliefs around which they were brought up, and if they face stressors and anxieties associated with them. This is a correlational study
Aishwarya Sastry at ams9680@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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18-34 years old
Geographical location: USA
All genders
All ethnicities
Exclusion Criteria:
Individuals below 18 years
Individuals over 34 years
Individuals residing outside USA
Prevention, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Contempt as a Mixed Emotion

This study will investigate whether contempt is a positive, negative, or mixed emotion.
Victor Ellis at vde5011@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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age 18 years or older
Exclusion Criteria:
younger than 18 years of age
Mental & Behavioral Health
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The effect of repetitive thinking on emotional reactivity to daily events in depression and generalized anxiety disorder: Application of the contrast avoidance model

This is an ecological momentary assessment study that will examine the relationship between daily events, emotion, and repetitive thinking using a mobile application. The participants will be required to answer 2 minutes questionnaire and monitor their heart rate 8 times a day for 8 consecutive days.
Seung Yeon Baik at sbb5887@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Adults aged 18 years and above.
Owns iPhone.
Scores high or low on depression and anxiety symptoms measure
Fluent in the English language in terms of speaking, listening, reading, and writing
Exclusion Criteria:
Alcohol or substance abuse occurring within 6 months
Meets diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia-related disorders
Has suicidal thoughts
Unable to speak, read, listen, and write English fluently.
Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA

Voice Descriptions: Assessing factors that may impact perceptual evaluations of voice

The purpose of this study is to learn more about the terminology people use to describe voices.
Nicole Etter at oppal@psu.edu or 814-863-2021
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18 year(s) or older
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18 years and older
English-speaking
Exclusion Criteria:
Unable to participate in a zoom interview
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Testing a Biosocial Model of Borderline Personality Features in Youth

In this study, we hope to better understand the neural mechanisms underlying risk for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in adolescent girls. BPD is a condition that is usually found in adults. However, it may be possible to identify risk for the disorder before adulthood. Understanding who is at risk for BPD early in development is important in order to develop preventative interventions.
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Children 10 to 13 year olds
Girls
With or without a current or past history of mental health disorder
Fluent in English
Exclusion Criteria:
Children who are younger than 10 years of age and children who are older than 13 years of age
Diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Autism, Asperger's) , or any psychotic disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)
Males
Not fluent in English
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Adverse Police Interactions and Black Adolescent Mental Health

This is a cross-sectional study that will use an online questionnaire to investigate the potentially traumatic impact that adverse police interactions have on the mental health of Black adolescents and culturally relevant factors that may protect them from experiencing mental health symptomatology.
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Child age 12-17 years old (inclusive)
Child self identifies as Black/African/African-American/Afro-Caribbean
Child resides in the United States
Fluent in spoken and written English
Parent/legal guardian consents to child's participation in the study
Exclusion Criteria:
Child age <12 or >17
Child does not self identify as Black/African/African-American/Afro-Caribbean
Child does not reside in the United State
Parent/legal guardian unwilling to consent to child's participation
Parent/legal guardian < 18 at time of enrollment
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Decision-Making in ADHD: An Evaluation of the Subjective Value of Rewards and Costs

Children with attention and behavior problems often need external rewards to motivate them to perform challenging tasks, but we don’t yet know much about how children weigh potential rewards and the effort required to obtain the rewards. This research is being done to find out how children with varying levels of ADHD symptoms value rewards and costs when making decisions about whether or not to perform a difficult task.
Whitney Fosco at abc@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
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Children ages 8 to 12 years old
Children with normal or corrected vision
Caregiver and child must be fluent in written and spoken English
Willing to stop stimulant medications, when appropriate, for research testing
Exclusion Criteria:
Children who are younger than 8 years of age and children who are older than 12 years of age.
Current or past diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
Current use of non-stimulant medication due to its extended washout period.
Physical disabilities that are incompatible with completing laboratory tasks such as hearing impairments, or visual impairments that cannot be corrected with visual aids (i.e., glasses, contacts).
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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DNA methylation in childhood trauma survivors and subsequent health issues.

This is a qualitative research interview that aims to understand how epigenetic changes linked to childhood trauma may influence the health of trauma survivors. We hope to find what diseases are more prevalent in children who have experienced child abuse than children who have not experienced child abuse. And, if possible what could be the role of DNA methylation in increasing susceptibility to these certain diseases? Participants will share their subjective views on the subject for a 30 minutes semi-structured research interview.
Melissa Cesaire at mvc6174@psu.edu or 561-425-4606
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18 year(s) or older
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Current and former researcher studying trauma, and/or epigenetic changes linked to trauma
Health professional that interact with traumatized patients
Participants must be 18 years of age or older
All genders, ethnicities or citizenships may be able to participate
Exclusion Criteria:
1. Those who are not qualified as a professional researcher or health professional
2. Those who are less than 18 years old
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Challenging Veteran Stereotypes: An Investigation Around Veteran Status and Its Influence on Aggression, Ostracism, Stress, and Counterproductive Work Behaviors

The purpose of this study is to better understand how civilian stereotypes about veterans impact veterans' feelings about themselves and others, and how that influences veteran behavior in the workplace.
Bruce Tirrell at bkt5174@psu.edu or 201-787-6073
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18 year(s) or older
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Current undergraduate or graduate students at PSU
Age 18 or older
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Not a PSU Student
Under age 18
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Naturalistic Stress in Cannabis Users via Wearable Physiology

This is a 12-day study on cannabis, medical marijuana use, and alcohol that will track your experience of stress in daily life using smartphone base surveys and a wearable heart sensor. We will ask you to wear the sensor and complete the surveys for four days in a row over three separate weeks. The goal of this study is to understand how cannabis may influence stress responses in daily life.
Shayna Farris at srf5506@psu.edu or 814-865-9939
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18-30 years old
Use an android or apple smartphone
Recreational cannabis use in last 6 months
Medical marijuana use
Willing to wear heart sensor during waking hours
Exclusion Criteria:
Women who are pregnant or lactating
Any cardiovascular conditions (e.g., hypertension, arrhythmia, heart disease)
Any respiratory condition (e.g., asthma, COPD, pneumonia)
Any endocrine/hormonal condition (e.g., diabetes, Cushing's Syndrome, Addison's Disease)
Currently taking beta blockers, anxiolytics, and/or antipsychotic medications
Addiction & Substance Abuse, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Emerging relations between attention and negative affect in the first two years of life

The CAT Lab focuses on the ways in which emotion and attention interact to shape how children navigate through their social world. We do this through questionnaires and observations of behavior in our laboratory. This particular study will examine how children respond to emotional and social events. We ask infants and their parents to visit our lab 5 times, each visit being 4-6 months apart and usually lasting a little over an hour. During each visit to our lab, we ask infants to look at pictures of people and animals on a computer monitor while we record where their eyes are looking on the screen. Children also participate in several different games and play with different toys (just like those found in a common household such as balls, puppets, plastic animals, etc.). Some of these activities involve parents and some do not, but we do ask parents to stay in the room with their child for the full visit. During visits 2-5, we would also like to collect electroencephalogram (EEG) and respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) data from your child. EEG measures the electrical activity in the brain using small metal sensors placed on the head with gel. RSA measures heart rate and breathing by placing small sensors on the torso. These procedures do not hurt, are low-risk, and provide real-time measurement of your child’s autonomic nervous system signals, much like an arm cuff measures blood pressure. When the sensors are removed, some children may feel like a bandage is being pulled off.
Caitlin Smith at ces5729@psu.edu or 814-865-3181
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infant is at least 3.5 months of age
infant born within +/- 3 weeks of due date
Infants without any serious medical complications
Infants of a healthy birth weight (>2500g; >5 lbs, 8 oz.)
Exclusion Criteria:
infant not of healthy gestational age
infants <2500g; <5lbs, 8 oz at birth
Infants who experienced any serious medical complications
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Harrisburg, PA
State College, PA

Young Children’s Representations of Parent-Child Negotiation

The goal of this study is to learn how young children think and tell stories about challenges between parents and children. Children will play games and tell stories using toys while caregivers fill out surveys and talk to researchers. This will occur twice, about 6 months apart. Qualities of children's stories, their language and regulation skills, demographic information about children and caregivers, and parenting behaviors will be examined.
Hannah Mudrick at hxm99@psu.edu or 717-948-6404
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Children between the ages of 5 and 7
At least one caregiver of a child between ages 5 and 7
English-speaking
Middle income
Caregiver at least 18 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
Caregivers that are not fluent in English
Children that are not fluent in English
Children who are unable to tell stories with a researcher due to developmental disability or language delay
Children who are younger than 5 or older than 7
Low or high income
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Biobehavioral Health Risk and Resilience in College Students (PSU THRIVE Study)

This protocol is designed to examine biobehavioral health risks, resilience, grit, forgiveness and well-being in college students.
Laura Klein at lcklein@psu.edu or 814-883-8624
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18 year(s) or older
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Fulltime undergraduate student
18 to 24 years of age
English is a primary language
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Under age of 18 years
Over age of 24 years
Not comfortable speaking English
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Monetary Reward Processing and Emotion Regulation in Adolescence: An fMRI pilot Study

This research is being done to identify patterns of brain activation underlying monetary reward processing and emotion regulation in adolescence, as well as correspondence between parent and adolescent neural activation. Children and their parents will complete questionnaires. Children will complete computer tasks during EEG and in an MRI scanner. Parents can also complete the MRI scan if interested.
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Younger than 18 years old
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Ages 12--16 years
Fluent in English
No history of treatment for psychiatric disorders
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Intellectual or developmental disabilities
Visual or hearing impairments
Inability to complete MRI scan due a pacemaker, aneurysm clips or any metal in body (e.g., braces, surgical devices)
Currently pregnant or lactating
Neurological disease (e.g., stroke, tumor, Parkinson’s disease, etc.)
Children's Health, Neurology, Mental & Behavioral Health
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A Study Examining Biological Rhythms in Bipolar I Disorder

The research is being done to examine the relationships between chronobiological characteristics and clinical characteristics, physiological markers, cellular signatures, and genetic markers of the illness. The goal of conducting this research is to advance our knowledge of the biological rhythms (the internal body clock) in bipolar disorder. Rhythm disruption is a major characteristic of bipolar disorder, however, to date these relationships have been understudied. The researchers hope to learn more about chronobiology in bipolar disorder and healthy controls through investigating the associations between clinical and biological factors measured in this research study. It is hoped that this information will eventually help doctors understand what may lead to the development of bipolar disorder and to development of methods to monitor and treat the illness.
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18 year(s) or older
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English-speaking adults
No current mental health diagnosis
Willingness and ability to comply with all biological assessments, clinical assessments, and daily self-assessments per protocol
Able to provide informed consent
18-60 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
Currently taking sleep medications to aid with sleep (e.g., Ambien, Lunesta, and melatonin)
Documented diagnosis of a primary sleep or circadian rhythm disorder
Uncontrolled medical condition that could result in psychiatric symptoms or chronobiological disturbances
Shift work (e.g., working second, third, or inconsistent shifts)
History of substance abuse in past month
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Hershey, PA