Recent work has demonstrated that the expression of two genes, identified as DCDC2 and KIAA0319, are associated with performance on our virtual maze task. If your child agrees to participate in this study, we will send a small plastic tube to collect a saliva sample, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to the address you provide below. The researcher will demonstrate how the process works and explain it to your child. Once the tube is received it will be marked with a unique code so there will be no way to identify an individual sample by your child’s name. Only the expression of the two genes of interest will be examined to determine if they are associated with performance on the computer task. Children enrolled in either kindergarten or second grade are eligible to participate in this study. If your child is in second grade, and they previously participated while enrolled in kindergarten, they are still eligible to participate in this study. Your child is being asked to take part in this research study as a volunteer. Your child, the participant, may choose not to participate in this portion of the study without being penalized in any way. This study is experimental and there are no direct benefits to participants. This study is expected to involve no more than minimal risk associated with spitting in a tube. Your child may not able to produce saliva when they wish to, which could cause some frustration. Information gathered in this study will be kept confidential and used only for research purposes. The results of this study may be published. Your name and other answers that might identify you will not appear in any article or discussion of the study results. The saliva sample will not be used or distributed for future research studies, even if identifying information is removed.
Other than your time, there is no cost to you for being in this study. If you have any questions at any time about your child’s participation or the study itself, please contact Lisa Gabel at 610-330- 5296 or via email (email@example.com
). If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, e-mail the Chair of the Lafayette IRB at firstname.lastname@example.org