The Effect of Exercise on Measures of Executive Function in Children with ADHD
Description:   The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of exercise on executive functions in children with ADHD. It is well-known that children with ADHD display impairments in executive functions (processes that contribute to cognitive control of behavior). Often, these individuals are treated with stimulant medication in an attempt to improve executive function. However, medication is not without side effects and may be ineffective for certain individuals. In addition to its overall health benefits, exercise may be an effective alternative to medication by providing the same improvements without the associated side effects. However, research directly comparing exercise and medication is lacking. This study seeks to fill that gap by investigating the efficacy of acute exercise relative to medication on executive function in children with ADHD.
 
Primary Investigators: Anthony Mahon, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Ball State University, Stephanie Simon-Dack, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Ball State University, & Anjolii Diaz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Ball State University

Contact: If you would like more information about this study or are interested in having your child participate, please contact Brandon Dykstra at [email protected] or 765-285-1158.




Examining Early Childhood Emotion
Description:   This project will utilize concurrent behavioral and physiological measures to advance the understanding of what “typical development” looks like in early childhood in order to predict 3 to 6 year olds social and academic competence as modified by extrinsic factors such as the home environment and the parent-child interactions. Moreover, this study will help us understand how cognition-emotion interaction typically develops because at this point in time we have little information about these processes. Results from this study may help inform educational interventions designed to foster cognitive and emotional processes to enhance social relationships and academic efficiency, both at the structural and functional levels.
 
Primary Investigators: Anjolii Diaz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Ball State University, Adrianna Caballero, B.S., master of arts candidate at Ball State University, & Jordan Hall, B.A., M.A., doctoral candidate at Kent State University.

Contact: If you are interested in participating in this study, contact Dr. Diaz at [email protected]

A Study of the Intersection of Verbal and Visual Long-Term Memory using Forgetting
Description:   Memory for visual information is far superior to our memory for verbal information (i.e., words), thus this study strives to investigate where the intersection for these two types of memory lie. Using ERP/EEG methodology, the current study will manipulate forgetting across a variety of three stimulus types that tap into different long-term retrieval mechanisms.
 
Primary Investigators: Shelby Smith, B.A., M.A., doctoral candidate at the University of New Hampshire, Scott Wittman, B.A., master of arts candidate at Ball State University, Richard Ward, B.S., M.A., doctoral candidate, Stephanie Simon-Dack, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Ball State University,  & Ashleigh Maxcey, Ph.D., Visiting Associate Professor at Ohio State University

Contact: If you are interested in participating in this study, you can contact Scott Wittman at [email protected] or sign up on SONA here .

Neural Processes Underlying Reading Comprehension
Description:   This project will examine how readers construct generalization inferences while they read. A generalization is a superordinate theme, or main idea, that represents several subordinate ideas in a text.  Prior research shows that readers construct these inferences while they read, as opposed to waiting until they are done reading. Examining the ERPs that are elicited during reading will help us more accurately identify when the inferences are constructed, as well as the roles that attention, memory, and semantic processing play in these inferences. 
 
Primary Investigators: Kristin Ritchey, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Ball State University, Shelby Smith, B.A., M.A., doctoral candidate at the University of New Hampshire, & Stephanie Simon-Dack, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Ball State University

Contact: If you are interested in participating in this project, you can contact Dr. Ritchey at [email protected] or sign up on SONA here .


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