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​We are currently inviting children and adults to participate in our studies. See our list of studies below to determine if you or your child are eligible. Participants who wear glasses or contact lenses should wear them to their appointment. In-person appointments take place at the Boys Town National Research Hospital located at 555 N 30th Street, although requests for appointments at our West Boys Town campus can be accommodated.

Our current research studies are listed below. Thank you for your interest in the Working Memory and Language Lab research and we hope to see you in soon!

Current Studies

Memory Strategies in Young Children

Children between the ages of 4 and 7 are invited to participate in this study on children’s memory strategies. Children interested in this study should have normal hearing, normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and have no developmental, neurological, or cognitive diagnoses (e.g. Autism, epilepsy, ADHD). English should also be used by at least one primary caregiver in the child’s home.

In this study, children are asked to remember words, numbers, and sounds for up to 15 seconds. They are also asked to complete standardized vocabulary and processing speed tests.

This in-person study takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete and children are compensated via cash payment at a rate of $15/hour and get to pick out a toy to take home. Participants may also be asked to return for a follow-up visit in which they will complete one of the memory tasks again. The second visit is shorter, lasting 45 minutes to 1 hour.

If you are ready to make an appointment for your child for our Memory Strategies study, you can visit our self-scheduler here or complete the contact form below.

Visual Sequence Memory in Children with Cochlear Implants

Children and teens between the ages of 7 and 15 who have at least 1 cochlear implant are invited to participate in this study. Children who are interested in this study should have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and have no severe neurological or developmental diagnoses (e.g. Usher’s syndrome, epilepsy). Children should also communicate primarily through spoken English; however, sign language interpreters are available at your request.

This study asks participants to play a game of computerized whack-a-mole and remember sequences of locations they see on the computer screen. They are also asked to complete standardized vocabulary, processing, and reasoning tests.

In total, this study takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and participants are compensated $15/hour for their time and get to pick out a take-home toy. Families traveling more than 50 miles are also eligible for milage reimbursement.

If you are ready to make an appointment for your child for our Visual Sequence Memory study, you can visit our self-scheduler here or complete the contact form below.

Adult Strategy Use over 5 Memory Tasks – A Remote Study

Adults between the ages of 19 and 35 are invited to participate in this fully remote study. Interested adults should have normal hearing, normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and have no developmental, cognitive, or neurological diagnoses (e.g. Autism, epilepsy, ADHD). English should also be their first and primary language.

This study requires 1 virtual meeting with our lab staff to consent, which takes about 30 minutes. Following consent, participants are given 1 week to complete 5 working memory tasks and associated strategy surveys.

For this study, participants are compensated $5/task completed with a $10 bonus payment for completing all tasks. Payments are made via Amazon electronic gift cards delivered to the participant’s email.

If you are ready to make an appointment for our Adult Strategy study, you can visit our self-scheduler here or complete the contact form below.

Contact Us!

For more information, please complete the online research participation form below or contact our lab directly:

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

 

General Appointment Information

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 visits vary 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) and respiration rate as neurophysiological indicators of silent self-talk and attention. When using these measures, some participants may wear stickers on their neck and face that let us measure muscle movement.

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.