Active Projects

Our active projects are highlighted below.

If you think you may qualify to participate in any of the studies listed below, or if you are unsure, please use the form at the bottom of this page to contact our study personnel.

Alternatively, you may contact Dr. Brielle Stark: bcstark[at]iu.edu or (812) 855 7760.

Recruiting for the following projects:

Mood and social cognition study

This study investigates internal mood (e.g. happiness, sadness, etc.) and examines the potential relationship between mood and social cognition (i.e. the ability to read social cues and emotion in others) in individuals with brain injury and healthy adults. This study is being conducted as part of a master’s thesis through our Speech-Language pathology program.

What is aphasia? Aphasia is a problem speaking or understanding language, usually as a result of a brain injury like a stroke or trauma.

Who is eligible?

We are recruiting TWO groups of participants for this study: 1) adults (healthy, no neurological issues), 2) adults with an acquired brain injury and aphasia. All participants should be able to hear & see fairly well (with correction, i.e. glasses or hearing aids, is fine).

Please see below for the specific details:

TYPICAL GROUP: Typical Adults without brain injury or aphasia

    • 45-85 years of age

    • Right handed

    • Native English speaker

    • No diagnosis of neurological problems (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s) or cognitive impairment (e.g. dementia, mild cognitive impairment)

    • Willingness to undergo cognitive-language testing (e.g. behavior tasks)

    • OPTIONAL but preferred: Ability to undergo an hour-long brain MRI session

      • No metal implants (please if you have questions!); not claustrophobic; etc.

APHASIA GROUP: Adults with an acquired brain injury (i.e. stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumor, etc) and aphasia

  • 45 - 85 years old

  • Right handed

  • Native English speaker

  • Have had an acquired left hemisphere brain injury (e.g. stroke, tumor, viral encephalitis, traumatic brain injury, etc)

  • Have been diagnosed with aphasia or you feel that you have difficulty in speaking or understanding language/speech

    • No diagnosis of OTHER neurological problems (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s) or cognitive impairment (e.g. dementia, mild cognitive impairment)

  • Willingness to undergo cognitive-language testing (e.g. behavior tasks)

  • OPTIONAL but preferred: Ability to undergo an hour-long brain MRI session

    • No metal implants (please if you have questions!); not claustrophobic; etc.

BENEFITS of study participation:

You will be compensated for your time ($10/hour).

In addition to monetary compensation, your participation will greatly further our scientific understanding of language, thinking and the brain.

Principal investigators:

Brielle Stark, PhD - Assistant Professor in Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Program in Neuroscience

Madison Neumann, M.A. - Master’s student, Speech-Language Pathology

Brain, language and executive function study

We are interested in the relationship of language with thinking as well as language, thinking and the brain. We are interested in mapping change in the architecture (structure) and function of the brain and identifying how those changes relate to cognition. Specifically, we are interested in the brain’s structure-function pattern and the brain’s relationship to language ability in older adults and adults who have experienced a left hemisphere stroke.

What is aphasia? Aphasia is a problem speaking or understanding language, usually as a result of a brain injury like a stroke or trauma.

Who is eligible?

We are recruiting THREE groups of participants for this study: 1) adults (healthy, no neurological issues), 2) adults with an acquired brain injury and aphasia, or 3) adults with a left hemisphere stroke. All participants should be able to hear & see fairly well (with correction, i.e. glasses or hearing aids, is fine).

Please see below for the specific details:

TYPICAL GROUP: Typical Adults without brain injury or aphasia

    • 45-85 years of age

    • Right handed

    • Native English speaker

    • No diagnosis of neurological problems (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s) or cognitive impairment (e.g. dementia, mild cognitive impairment)

    • Willingness to undergo cognitive-language testing (e.g. behavior tasks)

    • OPTIONAL but preferred: Ability to undergo an hour-long brain MRI session

      • No metal implants (please if you have questions!); not claustrophobic; etc.

APHASIA GROUP: Adults with an acquired brain injury (i.e. stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumor, etc) and aphasia

  • 45 - 85 years old

  • Right handed

  • Native English speaker

  • Have had an acquired left hemisphere brain injury (e.g. stroke, tumor, viral encephalitis, traumatic brain injury, etc)

  • Have been diagnosed with aphasia or you feel that you have difficulty in speaking or understanding language/speech

    • No diagnosis of OTHER neurological problems (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s) or cognitive impairment (e.g. dementia, mild cognitive impairment)

  • Willingness to undergo cognitive-language testing (e.g. behavior tasks)

  • OPTIONAL but preferred: Ability to undergo an hour-long brain MRI session

    • No metal implants (please if you have questions!); not claustrophobic; etc.

NO APHASIA GROUP: Adults with left hemisphere stroke but no aphasia

  • 45 - 85 years old

  • Right handed

  • Native English speaker

  • Have had an acquired left hemisphere stroke

    • If you have a question about whether or not this fits you, please contact us

  • No diagnosis of aphasia, other neurological problems (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s) or cognitive impairment (e.g. dementia, mild cognitive impairment)

  • Willingness to undergo cognitive-language testing (e.g. behavior tasks)

  • Ability to undergo an hour-long brain MRI session

    • No metal implants (please if you have questions!); not claustrophobic; etc.

BENEFITS of study participation:

You will be compensated for your time ($10/hour for language and cognition assessments; $25 for the MRI scan). You will also receive a CD of your brain MRI.

In addition to monetary compensation, your participation will greatly further our scientific understanding of language, thinking and the brain.

Principal investigators:

Brielle Stark, PhD - Assistant Professor in Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Program in Neuroscience

Rick Betzel, PhD - Assistant Professor in Department of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, Program in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience

Manaswita Dutta, MA CCC-SLP - PhD Student in Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

 

If you think you may qualify to participate in any of the studies listed below, or if you are unsure, please use the form below to contact our study personnel. Alternatively, you may contact our lab email: neuralresearchlab@gmail.com or (812) 855 7760.

To speak with Dr. Brielle Stark directly, please email: bcstark@iu.edu

Name *
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Please select the group of study you (or the person for which you are filling out this form) is interested in participating in
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Is English your native language?
We would like to do an MRI. To do this, we look for people who are not claustrophobic and who have no significant metal implants. Some dental implants are fine. For significant implants, like joint replacements, we need documentation from a doctor regarding the make/model prior to making a judgment on whether you are MRI safe. If you are potentially interested in doing an MRI, please say 'yes' here.
Have you had a research MRI done before, i.e. an MRI not for a clinical purpose?
Please describe why you would be interested in participating and any questions about the study that you may have. We will get back to you as soon as possible!