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A Review of the Carbon Labeling Landscape and Consumer Attitudes Towards Comparison Carbon Labeling Designs

A carbon label displays the carbon footprint of the product (a number, e.g., 1.18 kg CO2) and helps consumers understand the impact of the product on the environment. The purpose of this study is to understand Penn State students’ preferred method of carbon labeling for a senior thesis. The study will be conducted via a survey that takes less than 5 minutes and requires no personal identifying information.

The participants will complete one survey that takes less than 5 minutes to complete. The survey can be taken on a personal device or a Penn State computer.

No
 

Jillian Wagner
Jillian Wagner - at jpw5858@psu.edu or 614-937-8172
Division of Undergraduate Studies (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
STUDY00021525
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18 years or older

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Less than 18 years old
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Communicating Queer Chinese Identities: A Qualitative Investigation of the Visibility and Intelligibility of Transnational Queer Women in the United States

In today’s climate of anti-Asian hate, we believe that it is important to uncover different aspects of what “being Chinese” could look like. To this end, we are looking for individuals who self-identify as ethnically Chinese, woman, and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community to participate in a one-time 90-minute online interview to learn about what they do in their regular, everyday life to try to show or tell others about who they are. As part of the study, we will ask interviewees to share some visual images (e.g., photos, drawings, etc.) that they own as a way of elaborating on the ways that they communicate their self-identity in everyday life.

No
 

Terrie Wong
Terrie Wong - at terrie.wong@psu.edu
Academic Affairs (BRANDYWINE)
 

Female
18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00018406
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LGBTQIA+
Chinese ethnicity
Woman

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Heterosexual
Non-woman
Not Chinese ethnicity
Education, Language & Linguistics
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What’s in a grammar? A microcomparative study of negation in American Englishes

In contexts where people speak different dialects of the same language, how much overlap is there between the dialects, and what are the genuine grammatical differences? This study explores this question through a series of three experiments examining how people from three different dialects understand a variety of negative sentences (e.g., I didn't eat nothing). The results will contribute to our understanding of linguistic diversity.

Participants will sit at a computer and have their eye movements tracked by a camera as they read or listen to sentences and look at pictures on the screen.

$15 per hour

Yes
 

Frances Blanchette
fkb1@psu.edu
Psychology (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00022446
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native speaker of American English

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non-native speaker
not 18 or older
Language & Linguistics
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Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and psychophysical studies of sensory perception and cognition

The purpose of this study is (1) to understand how the brain processes sensory information and (2) how this is affected by factors like blindness or synesthesia. In addition to behavioral testing, the study will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) which enables us to take pictures of the brain while you are doing a task, using an instrument called an MRI scanner.

Participants will perform simple behavioral tasks either stand-alone or while being scanned; they may also complete questionnaires or rating scales.

Amount varies depending on the study

Yes
 

Krishnankutty Sathian
Simon Lacey - at sathianlab@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Neurology (HERSHEY)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00012238
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Healthy adults over 18 years old
Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
No other sensory deficits
Adults who experience synesthesia
Must pass MRI safety screen (if applicable)

Exclusion Criteria:
Pregnant women (excluded from fMRI studies)
Minors under the age of 18
Individuals who fail the MRI safety screen (may still do behavioral studies)
Neurology, Language & Linguistics, Vision & Eyes
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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.

Yes
 

Diane Williams
Diane Williams - at dlw81@psu.edu or 814-865-3177
Communication Sciences and Disorders (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00009952
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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 ,

Comparing Mechanisms of Pattern Learning

The purpose of the proposed plan of research is to investigate the types of patterns that human adults with or without a history of language/ learning difficulties tap into as they learn.

Our study involves an initial testing session lasting between 1-2 hours, followed by up to two additional sessions for eligible participants. As part of our study, you will take part in some speaking, listening, learning, and visual processing tasks.

up to $65

No
 

Roger Beaty
aml7000@psu.edu
Psychology (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

All
18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00017229
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Age 18-28
Only speaks English fluently
Normal or corrected-to-normal vision/ hearing
Minimum of high school education
May have a history of language/ learning difficulties

Exclusion Criteria:
History of neurological injury or disease
Speaks more than one language
Under age 18
Over age 28
Does not have minimum of high school education
Language & Linguistics
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Study Driver Characteristics in Mixed Traffic with a Driving Simulator

This is a driving simulator behavioral study. This study aims to investigate drivers' subjective feelings and driving performance in mixed traffic shared by automated vehicles and human-driven vehicles.

This study aims to investigate the effects of drivers’ driving style and automated vehicle penetration rate on drivers’ subjective feelings and driving performance in mixed traffic shared by automated vehicles and human-driven vehicles. There will be one in-person visit for the experiment. This experiment involves driving on a driving simulator and filling out several questionnaires.

$15/hour

Yes
 

Yiqi Zhang
Book Chen - at hbc5417@psu.edu
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00020200
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Being fluent in English
Have a valid US driver license for at least one year
Have normal vision or corrected vision only wearing contact lenses

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NA
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Second Language Learners’ Language Development in Different Modes: Focusing on Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency

The current study aims to investigate the development of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners' language skills over time, focusing on the interplay between the mode of production (i.e., speech versus written mode) and linguistic features related to complexity, accuracy, and fluency. To address this question, the study will collect spoken and written data from ESL learners in the U.S. at five measurement points throughout an academic year (FA23 to SP24), analyzing their production data using various complexity, accuracy, and fluency measures. The objective is to contribute to the existing body of second language (L2) development research by examining whether the interaction among time, production mode, and proficiency, as well as the varying relationships among the measures, significantly influence the observed outcomes.

Over the course of an academic year (FA23 to SP24), participants will attend five in-person visits, spaced at 7-week intervals. During each visit, they will be asked to write an essay for 20 minutes and deliver a 5-minute spoken monologue in response to prompts similar to those found in the TOEFL speaking section.

$75 ($15 per visit)

Yes
 

Minjin Kim
Minjin Kim - at mmk6337@psu.edu
Division of Graduate Studies (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00022713
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18 or older
non-native English speakers
first-year undergraduate students or students in Intensive English Communication Program

Exclusion Criteria:
younger than 18
native English speakers
not living in the US
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Online Investigation of Spoken Language Processes

This online study aims to examine whether factors like language history and visual information influence spoken language processes in typical listening environments.

No
 

Navin Viswanathan
Navin Viswanathan - at splacolab@psu.edu
Communication Sciences and Disorders (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00016192
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English Speakers
Between 18 and 65 years of age

Exclusion Criteria:
Those with diagnosed speech, hearing or language issues
Language & Linguistics
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Cognitive and Social Factors Underlying Spoken Language Use

The central purpose of this research is to understand how language users produce and comprehend speech. To do this we ask participants to record speech, make judgments on the speech they hear, and work with a partner on simple language tasks.

Yes
 

Navin Viswanathan
Navin Viswanathan - at splaco@psu.edu
Communication Sciences and Disorders (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00011708
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English Speakers
Between 18 and 65 years of age

Exclusion Criteria:
Those with diagnosed speech, hearing or language Issues
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Characterization and Exploration of Cognitive Assistants in the Space of Knowledge and Social Demands

The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of artificial intelligence on ideation in groups (specifically the process of brainstorming). Facilitation and facilitator/participant perceptions will also be analyzed. This study collects qualitative data through surveys, interviews, and audio/video recording.

Yes
 

Jessica Menold
Torsten Maier - at torstennamaier@psu.edu or 812-781-0014
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00010263
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Individuals must be 18 years of age or older
Individuals must be an undergraduate OR graduate student at Penn State

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Individuals under the age of 18
Individuals who are not an undergraduate OR graduate student at Penn State
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Behind virtual world building: Studying virtual reality environmental characteristics

This is a user study to investigate the environmental characteristics of virtual reality (VR). This study will provide empirical evidence of the essential characteristics based on users’ feedbacks. During your visit, you will receive a brief training about using a VR headset and navigating in the virtual environment. After the training, you will explore the virtual environment, complete tasks in VR, and answer questions regarding your feelings to our VR application.

Yes
 

Jiawei Huang
Jiawei Huang - at jzh87@psu.edu or 734-355-5327
Geography (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00011790
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Inclusion Criteria:
students at Penn State
healthy participants

Exclusion Criteria:
students that are cognitive impaired
students under 18
students with contagious disease
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Accessibly of Conversational Agents with Deaf or Blind Users

Using small focus groups, this work aims to understand the experiences, challenges, perceptions, and opportunities for the use of conversational agents (e.g Amazon Alexa and Siri) for users with visual or hearing impairments, with the goal of developing more accessible and inclusive systems.

Yes
 

Johnna Blair
Johnna Blair - at jlb883@ist.psu.edu or 814-706-8412
Information Sciences and Technology (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00010384
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Either, blind or visually impaired,
Or, hard of hearing or deaf using cochlear implant or other aided hearing device
Currently 18 years of age or older
English language speakers

Exclusion Criteria:
Minors, under the age of 18
Non-English language speakers
Language & Linguistics, Vision & Eyes
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Seeking support from romantic partners

The purpose of this study is to determine whether and how people's perceptions of the power in their romantic relationships shape the messages they use to seek support from their romantic partners.

No
 

Andrew High
Andy High - at ach208@psu.edu or 814-863-3969
Communication Arts and Sciences (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00013577
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Are you currently in a romantic relationship?
Have you sought comfort, advice, information, esteem boosts, or emotional support from your romantic partner within the last 4 weeks?

Exclusion Criteria:
People who are under 18 years old
People who are not in a romantic relationship
People who did not seek support from their romantic partner in the last 4 weeks.
People who do not have access to technology to compete the survey.
Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Pictorial Influence on Sentence Comprehension

This behavioral study will examine the influence of pictorial primes on general knowledge questions. A participant will be shown a cartoon-type picture prior to the presentation of a question. They will be asked to answer the question verbally. This study aims to determine the influence of pictorial primes on memory recall and retrieval.

Yes
 

Marissa Scotto
Marissa Scotto - at mxs2620@psu.edu or 814-867-3033
Psychology (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

All
18 year(s) or older
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
STUDY00010406
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Must be over the age of 18
Must be a native English speaker

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Under the age of 18
Not a native English speaker
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Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making and Social Judgment as Markers of Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) in Midlife in Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME)

This study will look for emerging patterns of Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), an early onset dementia, in Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME). JME is a type of epilepsy that usually begins in adolescence and is known to be associated with disturbances of higher-level reasoning, mood and personality. JME patients are often managed by family physicians, rather than epilepsy specialists; with little known about aging with JME. We think that JME patients will demonstrate a pattern of executive dysfunction that is consistent with consensus criteria for FTLD, characterized by declines in abstract reasoning, judgment, and verbal problem solving, as well as behavior. We also think that there will be an inverse relationship between apathy and conscientiousness. We plan to obtain this information by formal cognitive testing of non-demented JME patients over a period of 2 years, at 6-month intervals, to look for progression of symptoms. Loved ones/caregivers will complete informant questionnaires about patient's mood and personality at the beginning of the study and at 6 month intervals throughout the duration of the 24 month study. We will also include loved one/caregiver cognitive testing at the beginning of the study to obtain healthy information for comparison to patient's findings. Our objectives are to characterize the executive functioning profiles of JME in midlife, taking into account cognition, mood, personality, nutritional status and lifestyle. The information obtained may contribute to better care of JME patients prior to midlife and throughout the course of aging.

Visit 1 for both patient and healthy caregiver participants will involve administration of the JME Virtual Visit Protocol via PSH Zoom. Participants will have completed their REDCap questionnaires prior to the visit to the research coordinator, who will be conducting the assessment. Visit 2-5 for patient participants will involve administration of the JME Virtual Visit Protocol via PSH Zoom. JME participation consists of 5 virtual visits with the study’s research coordinator, lasting approximately two hours each, for completion of standardized tests of problem-solving, thinking, and concentration, as defined above. Caregiver healthy control participation consists of 1 virtual visit with the study’s research coordinator, lasting approximately two hours, for completion of standardized tests of problem-solving, thinking, and concentration, as defined above. Remaining participation involves completion of objective inventories providing a caregiver perspective of the patient participant’s mood and behavior at 6-month intervals, within the 24 month time frame of the study.

No
 

Claire Flaherty
Meghan Grubb - at mgrubb1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-1804
Neurology (HERSHEY)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00016306
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JME in the absence of any other neurological condition
Primary language English
age 35 - 65
Mainstream Education
Loved one or caregiver to complete questionnaires

Exclusion Criteria:
Neurological conditions other than JME, including history of head trauma
Cardiac conditions affecting cognition
Other medical conditions affecting cognition,e.g.,hypoglycemia
Hospitalization for major depressive disorder within the past year
No available loved one or caregiver to complete questionnaires
Neurology, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Aging and Language

The purpose of this study is to investigate how language is organized in neurologically normal adults using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and behavioral measures. Our overarching goal is to characterize the behavioral and MRI responses associated with language production and language comprehension in older and younger adults, and to examine the relations between age, behavior, cognition, and neural factors.

Participants will complete a remote visit and two in person visits at the University park campus. Visit activities will include answering questions, completing computer-based tasks, and completing an MRI scan.

$100

Yes
 

Michele Diaz
Michele Diaz - at mtd143@psu.edu or 814-863-1726
Psychology (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00000734
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Age over 18 years old
Native Monolingual English Speaker
Right-handed

Exclusion Criteria:
History of neurological injury or disease
Taking medications that affect the brain of blood flow
Contraindications to MRI (e.g., pacemaker)
Claustrophobia
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Home telemonitoring of bulbar function by acoustic measurement of swallowing and speech sounds in ALS

Most individuals with ALS experience changes in speech and swallowing over the course of the disease. In some, these are their initial indication of ALS. Identifying these changes, which may be rapid in some individuals, is complicated by the recent acceleration of virtual care delivery. This is a longitudinal home study of ALS patients to assess speech and swallowing function through use of smartphone application. The overall hypothesis is that this monitoring protocol can be used in a way that, 1) is satisfactory to the patient, 2) performs at least as well as standard clinical measures of dysarthria and dysphagia, and 3) resolves the development of emergence of speech and swallowing pathologies in ALS. Patients enrolling in this study will participate for approximately 24 weeks, during which they will have swallowing and speech tests performed, complete surveys, and perform audio recordings of speech on their cellphone. Healthy controls will be enrolled to judge the intelligibility of speech samples provided by patients in the study.

Patients enrolling in this study will participate for approximately 24 weeks, during which they will have swallowing and speech tests performed, complete surveys, and perform audio recordings of speech on a cellphone.

340

Yes
 

Andrew Geronimo
Cristie Crawford - at ccrawford5@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Neurosurgery (HERSHEY)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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NCT04889898
STUDY00016872
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At least 18 years of age
Possess a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Have symptom onset within the last 6 years
Demonstrate changes in speech or swallowing as a result of ALS.
Possess a smartphone capable of running the study application or have home wireless internet service capable of transmitting study data from a study-issued smartphone.

Exclusion Criteria:
Possess a co-existing neurological or psychiatric illness in addition to their ALS diagnosis
Possess abnormal speech or swallowing processes due to a condition independent of their ALS diagnosis
Neurology, Language & Linguistics
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The Role of Emojis in Generating and Responding to Critiques of Work

An online survey about emojis for text feedback on a short story or design. You categorize emojis for this task, write a critique with emojis, and then answer a survey for an Amazon gift card.

No
 

Chulakorn Aritajati
Chulakorn Aritajati - at cya5092@psu.edu
Information Sciences and Technology (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
STUDY00011180
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18 year old or older
Can read and write English

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Under 18 years
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Collaborative Research: Enhancing Speech Science Training through Collaboration: Investigating Perception of a Variable Speech Signal

In this study, we will evaluate the factors that affect how well human listeners can perceive connected speech despite variability in the speech signal. Participants in the study will be asked to judge speech segments presented to you over headphphones. For instance, we may ask you to indicate whether the sound you hear a "pa" or "ba".

Yes
 

Navin Viswanathan
Navin Viswanathan - at navin@psu.edu
Communication Sciences and Disorders (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00018207
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Over 18 and under 65
Knowledge of English (Native and non-native)
Normal or Corrected to normal Vision

Exclusion Criteria:
Under 18 or Over 65
Lack of Knowledge of English
Vision that is not normal and has not been corrected to normal.
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Exploring International Students’ Development of English as a Lingua Franca Pragmatic Competence

This study explores how international students show and develop pragmatic strategies to effectively communicate with peers and colleagues from diverse language and cultural backgrounds at Penn State. Participants recruited from the StudyFinder are invited to complete an online survey, and will receive an Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation.

No
 

Shuyuan Liu
Shuyuan Liu - at szl290@psu.edu
Applied Linguistics (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00012216
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International students enrolled at Penn State

Exclusion Criteria:
Is not an international students enrolled at Penn State
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A Survey of the Sex Differences in Taking Selfies while Driving

This study aims to understand peoples’ selfie-taking behavior and how, if at all, they relate to their driving behavior and gender difference. The participants will participate the study by completing an online survey.

No
 

Yiqi Zhang
Josh Avalos - at jqa5409@psu.edu or 610-716-7976
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00016045
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Subjects who are 18 years of age or older
Subjects have a valid U.S. driver license or are allowed to drive in the US

Exclusion Criteria:
Subjects who under 18 years of age
Subjects who do not have a valid U.S. driver license or are not allowed to drive in the US
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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.

Yes
 

Adriana (Janet) van Hell
Katharine Donnelly Adams - at kda11@psu.edu
Psychology (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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PRAMS00041301
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Inclusion Criteria:
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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Using ERPs and eye-tracking to study language learning and processing in adult learners.

In an increasingly global environment, both within the US and abroad, the ability to rapidly gain native-like linguistic competence is a critical asset. The ability to use an L2 in a way that is both expected and recognized by its native speakers is important both to the broad public, and to specific sectors, such as military personnel, that must develop native-like competence in a foreign language in a limited amount of time. The studies conducted under this IRB protocol will examine how learners/speakers of a second language acquire and process multi-word units (e.g., carry a business; run a store) in their second language, and how knowledge from the first language might influence the learning and processing of multi-word units in a second language.

Participants will complete a number of simple tasks on a computer in English and/or in Spanish (depending on language background).

$12/hour

Yes
 

Manuel Pulido
Manuel Pulido - at mfp149@psu.edu
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00011115
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Be a native speaker of English or Spanish
Not fluent in other languages
No history of neurological or language disorders
Normal or normal-to-corrected vision
Right-handed

Exclusion Criteria:
Native speaker of a language different from English or Spanish
Older than 45 years old
Left-handed or ambidextrous
A history of neurological disorders or language disorders
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Walking through the forests of the future: Using data-driven iVR to visualize forests under climate change

We used a combination of ecological modeling, procedural modeling, and virtual reality to provide an embodied experience of “walking through the forests of the future”. This study will provide empirical evidence of the effectiveness of this immersive experience based on users’ feedbacks on different kinds of tools we developed.

Yes
 

Jiawei Huang
Jiawei Huang - at jzh87@psu.edu or 734-355-5327
Geography (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00011770
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forestry or climate science related majors (include but not limited to agricultural sciences, environmental resources management, forest ecosystem management, plant science, ecology, biology, meteorology and atmospheric science)
undergraduate or graduate students at Penn State University who are older than 18.
participants should be healthy (without contagious disease)

Exclusion Criteria:
people under 18
people who are cognitively impaired
people who have contagious disease
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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.

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Diane Williams
DIANE WILLIAMS - at dlw81@psu.edu or 814-865-3177
Communication Sciences and Disorders (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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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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Invisible Sojourners: Second Language Socialization Among International Spouses

This study will examine how international spouses improve their English ability and form connections with the local community. Participants will be interviewed to learn about their experiences. Social events that are found to be positive will be recorded so that the interactions in that space can be analyzed to determine how they help international spouses.

Yes
 

Jade Sandbulte
Jade Sandbulte - at jfs5644@psu.edu
Applied Linguistics (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00009835
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Traveled to the U.S. with a spouse who was enrolled at Penn State
Understands spoken English

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Is not a student at Penn State OR was not a student when you first arrived
Education, Language & Linguistics
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Understanding the Public Opinion about Commute Time in Automated Vehicles

The main research goal of this work is to collect drivers’ opinions on autonomous vehicles and their perceptions of time when they ride with autonomous vehicles comparing with manual-driven vehicles.

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Yiqi Zhang
Cong Zhang - at ckz5120@psu.edu
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00014606
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Have a valid and unrestricted US driver’s license or is allowed to drive in US
Have at least one year of driving experience

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Do not have a valid driving license
The age of driver is under 18
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Describing and Understanding Local Varieties of Central Pennsylvanian English

This study aims to provide original descriptions and analyses of features of the vernacular varieties of English spoken in Central Pennsylvania. Previously understudied, this project will provide new data from both spontaneous speech and controlled experiments to contribute to our understanding of language variation in Central PA, and to the larger body of knowledge on variation in American English.

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Frances Blanchette
Frances Blanchette - at fkb1@psu.edu
Psychology (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00010993
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18 years or older
from the Central PA region
native speaker of American English

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under 18
did not grow up in Central PA
does not speak English as a native language
Language & Linguistics
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Perception of English sentences in context

This study tracks the eye movements of 30 adults to gather information on how they process sentences when presented in a context.

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Frances Blanchette
Frances Blanchette - at fkb1@psu.edu or 814-863-7392
Psychology (UNIVERSITY PARK)
 

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18 year(s) or older
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STUDY00007476
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adult (18+)
native speaker of American English
grew up mainly in the US

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under 18 years of age
not a native speaker of American English
did not grow up mainly in the US
Language & Linguistics
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