Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a research study that allows volunteers to receive treatment with a drug or device currently under research testing by a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company. These companies carefully select qualified physicians who serve as "investigators” to lead the study trials.

Arkansas Children's offers opportunities to the community to participate in many studies. Use the search fields below to review the current available studies.

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The Nickel Game
The purpose of this research project is to determine if children will perform similarly on behavioral tests and on tests that are typically used in a clinical setting. This study will specifically compare performance on tests that measure motivation, visual discrimination, timing ability, learning, short-term memory, memory for sequences, and sensitivity to changing contingencies using both types of tests. Parents and children participate in this study on two separate days. On one day, the child plays five games to earn nickels using a response panel that contains various lights, buttons, and levers. The child is asked to press various buttons and levers on this panel to indicate choices in response to visual stimuli. The child receives a nickel for each correct response that is made, and is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $5.00 in nickels. On another day, the child is given a series of brief tasks, including two computer games, which will be administered by one of the investigators. The child will also be given tests to measure intelligence and achievement. Each of the two sessions will last approximately 90 minutes. During both sessions, parents are asked to complete several questionnaires about their child’s behavior. Parents will be given $20.00 in Wal-Mart gift cards for each child at the end of the first session and $30.00 in Wal-Mart gift cards for each child at the end of the second session. There are four age groups in this study. 50 males and 50 females are needed in each of the four age groups. The 5/6 year old male age group is now full. Siblings can participate if they are in different age groups making it a possibility for up to 4 siblings in one family to participate in this study. The parent receives a total of $50 in Wal-Mart gift cards per child, up to $200 per family.
Study Eligibility:  
All children ages 5 to 12 who are able to follow simple directions provided on a television DVD presentation and who are able to press buttons and levers on a panel are eligible to participate in this study. The lab is wheelchair accessible. Parent and child must be English speaking.
Content Study Link:  
Principal Investigator:  
Studies For Healthy Individuals
Contact Information:  
Andrea Sutton, MPH, MAP, Research Associate (501) 364-4614

Age groups

Needed for the study:

5 & 6

Girls only

7 & 8

Boys and Girls

9 & 10

Boys and Girls

11& 12

Boys and Girls