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.
In my time at Ohio State, I served as "Peer Research Connect," meaning I acted as a mentor and informational resource for students looking to get involved with undergraduate research. Though I am no longer a part of the undergraduate community, if you are a student looking to get involved with research, even if you don't go to Ohio State, please feel free to reach out.