Participate

 

​​​​​We are currently inviting children ages 4 to 10 and ​adults ages 19 to 29 to participate in our studies​​. Participants should have normal hearing. Participants who wear glasses or contact lenses should wear them to their appointment. To sign you or your child up to participate, please complete the online research participation form or contact our lab directly:

Working Memory and Language Laboratory
Phone: (531) 355-5680
E-mail: btnrh-wmll@boystown.org

Directions and Parking

Monday-Friday Participation:

  • Parking: Please park in the West Patient Parking lot that runs parallel to N 30th Street. There are entrances for this parking lot at Cass Street and California Street.
  • Check-In: Please check in at the main receptionist desk inside the glass entrance doors. Inform the receptionists that you are here for a research study and they will confirm your appointment and direct you to the East Elevators that are placed at the far end of the hallway, passed the Hospital Check-In desk, and by the windows. Please take this elevator to the 3rd Floor.
  • Finding the Lab: Once on the 3rd floor, exit the elevator and turn to your left and enter the Research Waiting Room. Use the phone at the opposite end of the waiting room to call the lab. Dial *5680 on the phone to reach the Working Memory and Language Lab staff. Please note that it is necessary that you dial '*' before 5680 to use the phone.

Saturday Participation:

  • Parking: Please park in the East Patient Parking lot. To enter the lot, use the road that passes between the Lied Learning and Technology Center and Boys Town National Research Hospital and the lot will be on the left. Enter Boys Town National Research Hospital at the door marked Security Office.
  • Finding the Lab: Once you have entered by the Security Office, follow the hallway and take a left to reach the elevators that will be at the very end of the hall. Take the elevator to the 3rd Floor. Using either of the phones that are placed by the locked doors, dial *5680 to reach the Working Memory and Language Lab staff. Please note that it is necessary that you dial a '*' before 5680 in order to use the phone.

When You Arrive

A research staff member will greet you at the door and escort you to the lab. The staff member will explain the study and answer any questions you may have. You (and your child) will be given a form to formally consent to participate in the study.

Please note that a parent or legal guardian must accompany child participants to their research appointment. If a parent or legal guardian cannot accompany their child, please contact lab staff in advance to make special arrangements for reviewing paperwork.

During the Visit

Participants will be given a hearing and vision screening. Some participants may receive additional language and neurocognitive testing. The lengths of the visits varyies, but tend to be 1-3 hours. Participants will be given frequent breaks.

During the study, participants will be asked to remember numbers, words, or pictures. You or your child may be asked to listen to sounds through headphones. We are also incorporating novel measures, such as surface electromyography (sEMG), respiration rate, and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) as neurophysiological indicators of silent self-talk and attention. Some participants may wear stickers on their neck and face that let us measure muscle movement, or a special cap that measures blood flow in the brain. We have a waiting room with toys where parents/guardians may supervise and entertain any other young guests (e.g. your child's siblings) who may need to accompany you to the appointment.

We have a waiting room with toys where parents/guardians may supervise and entertain any other young guests (e.g. your child's siblings) who may need to accompany you to the appointment.

After the V​isit

When we are done, participants will be compensated for their time. Our child participants will also get to pick out a small prize. Some participants will be offered the opportunity to return for a follow-up visit.

Thank you for participating in research at Boys Town National Research Hospital!