Participate in Research

Below you can find information on our current research. If you wish to participate in our research, you can contact us at aaldl@ecu.edu or call at 252-744-6125. If you wish to be added to our contact database for future studies, you can find sign-up forms in the toolbar on the right. You can also click here for healthy adults and click here for people with aphasia. Once you have filled out the form (which can be done on the computer), email us the form at aaldl@ecu.edu. For directions to our research facilities, you can find a map with directions in the toolbar on the right.


Cognitive and Language Abilities in Alzheimer’s disease

he purpose of this research project is to determine how declines in semantic memory impact language abilities. The results of this research will inform theories of discourse, as well as possibly improve the screening methods for neurocognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Participants Needed:  Older adults who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease with okay hearing and vision, as well as no history of stroke or head injury.
  • What’s Expected: You will complete several cognitive measures on memory, as well as tell stories from wordless picture books.
  • Purpose: To understand how language production changes in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Where: College of Allied Health Sciences | Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders | Health Sciences Building | Greenville, NC 27834 USA
  • Pay: $20 in gift cards for each visit (up to 2 visits)
  • Time Commitment:  approximately 4 hours over 2 visits

Reading and Language Study for Older Adults

The purpose of this research is to understand how reading changes across the lifespan. The results of this study will inform theories on aging and reading.

  • Participants Needed: Men and women in their 70s with normal vision and hearing and no history of stroke or brain injury
  • What’s Expected: You will complete several measures of memory and vocabulary, as well as read simple sentences and paragraphs from a computer screen.
  • Where: College of Allied Health Sciences | Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders | Health Sciences Building | Greenville, NC 27834 USA
  • Pay: $25 in gift cards for each visit (up to 2 visits)
  • Time Commitment: Approximately 2 hours per visit

Discourse Abilities in Adults Across the Lifespan

The purpose of this research project are to determine whether age-related changes in discourse processes correspond to age-related changes in cognitive processes, such as attention, executive function, and memory.

  • Participants Needed: Men and women between the ages of 20 to 40 and 60 to 90 with normal vision and hearing and no history of stroke
  • What’s Expected: You will complete several cognitive activities and story telling activities
  • Where: College of Allied Health Sciences | Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders | Health Sciences Building | Greenville, NC 27834 USA
  • Pay: $25 in gift cards for each visit (up to 2 visits)
  • Time Commitment: Approximately 2 hours per visit

Discourse and Cognition in Adults with Brain Injury

The purpose of the study is to investigate the discourse and cognitive abilities of individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury or stroke.

  • Participants Needed: Men and women with a brain injury and okay vision and hearing
  • What’s Expected: You may be asked to complete language assessments as well as tests of attention and memory
  • Where: College of Allied Health Sciences | Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders | Health Sciences Building | Greenville, NC 27834 US