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.


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.