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 began working on a psychopharmacology study 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.
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 attend my affiliated academic institutions (Ohio State, Harvard, and UCSD), please feel free to reach out.