Participants needed for PhD research

You are invited to take part in a PhD study involving non-invasive electronic measurement of swallowing and chewing. This study intends to collect data towards the development of automated identification of chewing and swallowing behaviours.

To do this we intend to measure muscle activity in the neck and face during a small meal. The session is expected to take no more than 90 minutes. You will be presented with £10 Amazon voucher to compensate you for your time.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please register your interest in the following form:

We are looking for individuals between 18 and 40 years of age who live in the Canterbury area, or are students or staff members at the University of Kent, to take part in data collection during a small meal. The study is open to individuals with no known allergies or dietary restrictions to food items listed below (specifically gluten and dairy products).

If you are eligible to take part in this study you will be required to visit Jennison Building at the Canterbury campus during which small sensors will be placed to your throat and face. You will be asked to perform a number of tasks (including reading aloud and carrying out head motion), and then to consume a meal. This will consist of: apple, plain cheese pizza, jam sandwich, yoghurt and water. Food provided will contain gluten and dairy products.


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