Presenting a poster at a conference in Columbus,  Sept. 2016.

Presenting a poster at a conference in Columbus, Sept. 2016.

Aroma + Cognitive Performance

 

In a society full of opportunity, ever-changing technology, and a multitude of distractions, a cognitive boost can go a long way. What if there was a way for people to perform better on tests, make fewer mistakes, and work more efficiently?

In 2015, I started working on a psychopharmacology project with the Ohio State University Department of Food Science and Technology to see if this just might be possible. Previous research has suggested that a person can achieve enhanced cognition and task performance simply by breathing the scents of certain natural substances. In this project, I explored the effects of lavender (linalool) and peppermint aromas on cognitive performance, in order to gain a greater understanding of the potentials of aroma administration.

 PEBL Math Processing Task.  Mueller, S. T., & Piper, B. J. (2014). The Psychology Experiment Building Language (PEBL) and PEBL Test Battery. Journal of neuroscience methods (222), 250–259. 

PEBL Math Processing Task.

Mueller, S. T., & Piper, B. J. (2014). The Psychology Experiment Building Language (PEBL) and PEBL Test Battery. Journal of neuroscience methods (222), 250–259. 

The project involved the administration of lavender (linalool) and peppermint aromas via a custom made diffuser, while participants completed the PEBL (Psychology Experiment Building Language) Math Processing Task.

For more information on the project or to view the results, please contact me here..


I currently serve as a "Peer Research Connect" through Ohio State's Undergraduate Research Office. This means I act as a mentor and informational resource for students looking to get involved with undergraduate research. If you are a student looking to get involved, even if you don't go to Ohio State, please feel free to reach out.