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Replication of The Multi-Media Social Skills Project for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Replication of The Multi-Media Social Skills Project for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Younger than 18 years old
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Between 13 and 17 years of age or still enrolled in high school
A primary diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, as confirmed by the Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD; Mayes, 2012)
English as primary language spoken
Ability to fluently speak in full sentences
A verbal IQ of 85 or above on the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (KBIT-2; Kaufman & Kaufman, 1990)
Exclusion Criteria:
A significant language delay
Difficulty with aggression directed at peers
A primary thought disorder
A secondary disorder of anxiety or depression so severe as to prevent the individual's participation in the treatment
Low social motivation demonstrated through formalized assessment (SRS) and/or by responses given to screening interviews assessing treatment goals
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Altoona, PA
Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Hershey, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA

Factors Impacting Student Perceptions of CIS and CIS Majors

The purpose of this study is to assess the perceptions of students in regards to computing majors and computing’s role in society.
Jeffrey Stone at jas86@psu.edu or 610-285-5003
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18 year(s) or older
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Undergraduate Students at Penn State
At Least 18 Years of Age
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NOT Undergraduate Students at Penn State
Under 18 Years of Age
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Study driving behaviors in connected and autonomous vehicles with a driving simulator

This is a behavioral study that will examine the effect of different messages designs and driver characteristics on driver behavior using a driving simulator. The driving simulator will be used to simulate various traffic events and record driver behavior and performance in the simulated connected vehicles and autonomous vehicle environments. All you need to do is driving on a driving simulator and complete questionnaires.
Yiqi Zhang at yuz450@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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You must possess a valid and unrestricted driver’s license, and display it to the experimenter
You must not be under the influence of alcohol, and have abstained from drinking alcohol for no less than 8 hours prior to participating in this study
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Participants who doesn't possess a valid driver license will be excluded from the study
Participants who drinks alcohol within the 8 hours before the study will be excluded from the study
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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 7179486404
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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
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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
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Harrisburg, PA

Youth's Experiences Study in School Study

This study focuses on African American youth's school experiences. Using a daily diary method this study seeks to identify links between student's experiences of competence, autonomy, and relatedness in their math and English courses and their classroom engagement. Further, we are examining how youth's identity and beliefs about their race and gender are related to their classroom experiences.Students can earn up to $55 for participating in the study.
Olivenne Skinner at ods3@psu.edu or 814-865-0095
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African American or Black
Currently in Grade 9 or 10
Have access to the internet everyday afterschool
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Not African American/Black
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Not currently in Grade 9 or Grade 10
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How urban infrastructure fosters romantic relationships

The primary endpoint of this study is to identify the contributing factors in development of romantic relationships through an analysis of the real-life experiences of Penn state couples that we collect in our surveys. Our focus is to identify the spatial factors in different scales as they relate to two-person relationships. The results of this study informs architects, planners, and administrators of practical strategies to generate friendly spaces in college towns.
sohrab rahimi at sur216@psu.edu or 8142064341
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18 year(s) or older
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Be in a romantic relationship
Live in State College area
Has visited at least 5 places with their romantic partner(s) in State College
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Have never lived in State College area
have never engaged in a romantic relationship
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The Child Health Study

We want to understand how a child's environment affects biology in ways that impact child health
Jenelle Shanley at jzs1220@psu.edu or 844-296-4666
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Younger than 18 years old
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Children 8-13 years of age
Speak and understand English
Participation of a legal guardian
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Intellectual or learning disability
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State College, 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 in the lab and for the neuroimaging session.
Marly Laubach at mll5405@psu.edu or 814-863-2528
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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
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Second language speech perception and production

In this a behavioral study that will examine how second language learners perceive and produce second language speech - often in comparison to native speakers - and how these skills develop. Participants might be asked to read word lists or sentences, describe pictures or answer questions, listen to speech samples and make judgments about them (e.g. was this a real word in English? which sound did you hear?), complete a proficiency test, and fill out some background information including a language background questionnaire.
Katharina Schuhmann at kxs811@psu.edu or (814) 863-7867
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18 year(s) or older
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18-50 years old
No known hearing impairment
No known speaking impairment
Subjects will need to be bilingual (with varying proficiency in the second language
•beginner to advanced) or monolingual
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Known hearing impairment (past or present)
Known speech impairment (past or present)
Under 18 or over 50
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State College, PA

Analyzing Student Newspaper Political Coverage

This study involves a content analysis of student newspaper political articles, as well as a survey of student journalists regarding their views about how politics are reported in student media.
Hans Schmidt at hcs10@psu.edu or 610-892-1251
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18 year(s) or older
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Journalism student
Involvement on student newspaper
Involvement with other student media
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No involvement in student journalism
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Understanding the Effectiveness of Imaging on Decision-making.

The study will examine how subjects' decision-making is influenced by alternative ways of visualizing possible consequences. The example decision problem that we will use in the study concerns what should be done about the historic elm trees on Penn State's University Park campus, which are now being lost to disease.
Casey Helgeson at cmh455@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Current undergraduate student at Penn State University Park campus
18 years or older
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Under 18 years of age
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State College, PA

Motor Planning and Language in Children with Language Impairment

This is a quasi-experimental study that will examine both how children plan their motor behaviors, and how planning motor relates to planning in other domains such as language. This study will also explore differences between typically developing populations and populations with language impairment, who tend to have difficulties with motor skills that appear to relate to their language deficits. Children from both populations will be asked to complete several simple motor tasks involving manipulating small wooden dowels and small plastic cups, as well as completing several language tasks involving completing simple nonsense words, short sentences, and telling a short story. Understanding how these children perform these tasks, as well as how their performance relates across tasks, will tell us more about how children plan and coordinate their behaviors, relationships between action and language skills, and the processes that underlie language disorders, which will in turn help improve services for children with language disorders.
Holly Koegler at hmk142@psu.edu
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Younger than 18 years old
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Between ages of 4 and 8 years
With or without developmental language impairment
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Hearing loss
Developmental disorders such as autism, intellectual disability, Down Syndrome, etc.
Bilingual or multilingual home environments
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Altoona, PA
Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Harrisburg, PA
State College, PA

User Mobility and Graph Learning in Virtual Reality

This is a spatial cognition study that will examine how abstract data can be better understood and learned in the context of virtual environment. The primary objective is improving user's encoding ability for abstract objects and enlightening the approach of data visualization and interaction which would benefit Virtual Reality application users with education purpose.
Mark Simpson at mbs278@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Undergraduate student
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No prior experience with virtual reality technology
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State College, PA

Reading in the Eye and Brain: Understanding Science Text Comprehension

This project aims at understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying reading comprehension of expository scientific texts by school-aged children, adult first language readers, and adult second language readers. The proposed research integrates knowledge from several research traditions that are related to reading comprehension, but have thus far been separately pursued. The project will fill significant gaps in the literature with knowledge of the neurocognitive predictors of individual and group differences in child versus adult reading in first and second languages. Data analytics with cognitive network models and brain network models will allow us to reveal a reader's knowledge representation of text. Findings from this project will have significant implications for STEM education and hence high relevance to society.
Rose Yuratovac at ery6@psu.edu or 814-867-0779
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Age 12-14
Native English speaker
Minimal foreign language study (2 semesters or less)
Right-handed
Exclusion Criteria:
Dental braces
Hearing disorder or disability
Active medical or neurological disorder
Mental illness
Claustrophobia
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Reference frames for navigating in a natural environment

This is a spatial cognition study that will examine how spatial knowledge can be acquired in the context of virtual environment. The primary objective is finding the influence of perspective scale (low v.s. high perspective) in understanding spatial layout of natural environment in virtual reality.
Jiayan Zhao at juz64@psu.edu or 814-321-6982
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18 year(s) or older
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Undergraduate student
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Have prior experience with HTC Vive / Oculus Rift / Mobile VR
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Athletes' Experiences in Sport

In this study, we are interested in learning about how male athletes think about and understand the experience and expression of emotion in competitive sports.
Heather MacArthur at hjm158@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Male
Competitive athlete
Penn State student
18+ years
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Female
Non-athlete
Non-student
Under 18 years
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Communication preferences related to over screening for cancer among older adults

The overall objective of this study is to explore the perspectives of older adults on incorporating and communicating risks, benefits and life expectancy into cancer screening decisions. The findings from this study will inform development of an intervention to reduce over-screening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancers among average risk older adults who are not recommended for screening by current guidelines based on age. Average risk, including age, is defined by screening recommendations. A person is at average risk if they have not had cancer (as defined in the exclusion criteria) or colorectal polyp (within 10 years) or breast biopsy (within 10 years) and they are within the age range. Our hypothesis is that subjects will be more willing to discuss cessation of regular cancer screening risks, benefits, and life expectancy are incorporated into an ongoing dialogue between provider and subject.
Sol Rodriguez-Colon at srodriguezcolon@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-5190
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18 year(s) or older
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65 years or older
Willing to participate in focus group discussion
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Diagnosed with non-skin cancer within the past 5 years
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Hershey, PA
State College, PA

Early Childhood practitioner’s knowledge and attitudes regarding reporting child abuse/neglect: iLookOut- Phase II

Despite their daily interactions with young children, little research has been conducted into early childhood practitioners’ (ECPs’) knowledge of, and attitudes towards, reporting of child abuse/neglect. Researchers have developed an eLearning Module (iLook Out for Child Abuse) created to train and inform early childhood practitioners (ECPs). Study plans to recruit ECPs to take the learning program. The learner will be asked to answer questions before and after the learning program to help the study team evaluate the effectiveness, engagement, and usability of the program. This study is the second phase of a currently approved study- STUDY00000376.
Nicole Verdiglione at nverdiglione@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-4552
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18 year(s) or older
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Early Child Care Provider (i.e. working in a Child care center, child care home, or volunteer)
Over 18 Years of Age
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Under 18 years of age
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The Multi-Media Social Skills Project for Adults: Validation of an Intervention for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Multi-Media Social Skills Project for Adults: Validation of an Intervention for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Between 18 and 35 years of age
A primary diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, as confirmed by a score greater than 59 on the social communication index or total t score of the Social Responsive Scale, Second Edition (SRS-2; Constantino & Gruber, 2012)
English as primary language spoken
Ability to fluently speak in full sentences
A verbal IQ of 85 or above on the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (KBIT-2; Kaufman & Kaufman, 1990)
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A significant language delay
Difficulty with aggression directed at peers
A primary thought disorder
A secondary disorder of anxiety or depression so severe as to prevent the individual's participation in the treatment
A current high school student at start of intervention
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Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Hershey, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA

The development of face processing in children and adolescents

Adolescence is a unique developmental period that prepares individuals for adulthood. We are studying the behavioral 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 adolescents (15-17 yrs) to help us with this study for a one-time session lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Participants answer questionnaires about their social relationships (including friendships and romantic relationships) and play games of face recognition. Volunteers are compensated $10/hour for their time.
Giorgia Picci at gup129@psu.edu or 814-863-0159
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Native English speaker
Normal vision and hearing (with correction)
Free of neurologic, psychiatric, endocrinology disorders
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Family history of autism spectrum disorders (in parents or full siblings)
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Lexical and sentence processing in novice L2 learners: Psycholinguistic and neurocognitive investigations

We are studying how children and adults learn second languages in the classroom. To do this, we ask children and adults to read words or sentences in English and in Spanish while we record brainwaves using noninvasive sensors. The participant wears a cap that looks like a swimmers cap with the sensors attached to it.
Katharine Donnelly Adams at kda11@psu.edu
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Adults enrolled in third semester (intermediate) Spanish
Middle school students enrolled in first year Spanish
Monolingual English speaker
Right-handed
Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
Exclusion Criteria:
Not fluent in any language other than English
History of neurological disorders
Uncorrected vision
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Coaching Caregivers of Children with Autism to Promote Social Skills During Play Dates

This study will coach parents of children with autism to interact socially with their peers during play dates.
Tracy Raulston at tjr61@psu.edu or 512-971-9183
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Parents of children with autism, ages 3-8 years old.
Parents speak English.
Parents would like to learn ways to help their child interact socially with a peer during a playdate.
Exclusion Criteria:
Child engages in serious or dangerous challenging behavior.
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State College, PA