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ROBERT ALEX KAUFMAN

Research + Innovation

 

 
 

I am a researcher + Innovator in

Boston, MA

 

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Scientist. Designer. Free thinker.

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About

 

My name is Robert, but most people just call me Rob.

I’m currently a researcher at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital studying the effects of yoga and meditation on the brain.

Driven and permanently curious, I strive to see the world from new angles and find novel solutions to age-old problems.

Numbers and diagrams excite me, and in my free time I love to apply my scientific mindset to creative projects, often aimed at product design and user experience.

 
 

Projects

 

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Aroma + Cognitive Performance

In 2015, I began working on a psychopharmacology experiment involving how aromas affect cognitive performance.

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Advertising Efficacy

Currently about 79 million Americans are infected with Human Papillomavirus (HPV). In collaboration with the University of Maryland, we seek to decrease this number.

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yoga mat

Though they've seen great improvements in recent years, yoga mats still aren't perfect. I'm currently working to understand consumer needs to improve mats for yogis everywhere.

Robert Alex Kaufman

 

Education

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY- COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES                                            Columbus, OH  |  Aug. 2013-May 2017

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology

o    Magna Cum Laude with Research Distinction

o    Health Science Scholars (HSS) Program

o    GPA: 3.7/4.

Research

The Lazar LAB                                                                                                                                     Boston, MA  |  Jun. 2017-present

Clinical Research Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

o    Studying the neurological changes associated with yoga and meditation under Dr. Sara Lazar

o    Co-lead on study investigating the effects of meditation and brain training on cognitive decline

o    Trained to administer neuropsychological tests, perform patient assessments, run fMRI scans, and manage IRB documents

o    Perform managerial duties such as hiring, training, and delegation of work for co-ops and research assistants

o    Act as Social Director, managing marketing, social media, lab website, and organization of internal events to maintain a positive and productive work environment

 

OSU FOOD SCIENCE AND COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE LAB                                                        Columbus, OH  |  Jan. 2015-MAy 2017

Undergraduate Researcher, Ohio State University

o    Studying psychophysical aspects of food perception, environmental influence on preference, and physiological responses to food and aroma under Dr. Christopher Simons

o    Run psychophysical experiments on human subjects, perform statistical analysis (using Excel and SPSS) on collected data, assist with lab preparations for food perception experiments

o    Present thesis research project at conferences and poster sessions

 

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CENTER FOR HEALTH LITERACY                                                    Columbus, OH  |  Mar. 2016-May 2017

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Maryland

o    Working in collaboration with researchers at UMD

o    Conducting an experiment at Ohio State University evaluating educational campaigns with the goal of understanding how advertisements affect the intentions and health decisions of young adults

 

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 2016 SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOW                                                    Columbus, OH  |  May 2016-Aug. 2016

Research Fellow, Ohio State University

o    Independently developed, designed, tested, and analyzed a psychopharmacology experiment studying the effects of aroma on cognitive performance

o    Used C programming, Excel, PowerPoint, Compusense Cloud, and SPSS for development and analysis

 

OSU VISION AND COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE LAB                                                                     Columbus, OH  |  Jan. 2014-Dec. 2014

Undergraduate Researcher, Ohio State University

o    Studied retinotopic memory and perception under Dr. Julie Golomb

o    Ran cognitive neuroscience experiments using eye trackers and Matlab programming

Work

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY CONSUMER SENSORY TESTING                                                          Columbus, OH  |  Jan. 2016-May 2016

Student Sensory Lab Assistant, Assistant TA, Ohio State University

o    Assisted in running sensory tests to provide customer insights for private clients, including performing consumer, discrimination, and affective testing of food-related products

o    Assisted in preparation, administration, and statistical analysis of tests using Compusense Cloud Software for data collection

o    Helped TA a class designed to teach students about sensory perception and measurement

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“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
— Henry David Thoreau