Cincinnati, Ohio 45229


The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of three specific odors on simulated driving performance. It is hypothesized that the presence of peppermint, rosemary, and zest/pulp will increase memory recall for navigation and improve reaction times for braking, compared to performance during unscented conditions

Study summary:

This study will examine the effect of scented odors on the attention and behavioral performance of healthy young adult and older adult drivers. Past research indicates that specific scented odors (i.e., peppermint and cinnamon) enhance motivation, performance and alertness, decrease fatigue and stimulate the central nervous system in a variety of contexts. The current study will examine the effect of three different odors on simulated driving as participants perform navigation and braking scenarios. This study will be the first of its kind to elucidate the association between specific scents and performance gains in simulated driving. The data will serve as proof-of-concept for eventual patient focused interventions relative to sensory stimulation and driving.


Inclusion Criteria: - valid drivers license - normal or corrected to normal vision Exclusion Criteria: - no drivers license - hyperopic vision without contact lenses - history of congenital or acquired cognitive, ophthalmologic, or neurological disorders including developmental delay, brain tumor, stroke, or known peripheral or central vestibular disorders - participants who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will be excluded - Participants will also be excluded if they have: (a) a history of skin irritation or sensitivity to scented products or cosmetics, (b) known skin allergies, sensitive skin or allergies to fragrance, (c) suffers from a cold, allergy, sinus condition or any other condition that might interfere with their sense of smell and (d) is pregnant or nursing. - Participants will also be excluded if they smoke or use tobacco related products - participants will be excluded if they commonly experience motion sickness



Primary Contact:

Brooke Gadd
Phone: 513-803-7321

Backup Contact:

Kim Barber Foss
Phone: 513-636-5971

Location Contact:

Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
United States

Kim D Barber Foss, MS
Phone: 513-636-5971

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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