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Rosemary Essential Oil and Cognition Clinical Research Trial
with Dr Mark Moss

18th June 2022 @ 11.10pm (UK Time)Webinar Registration Form

About the Webinar

During his talk he will examine the inhalation of the aroma of Rosemary essential oil to enhance cognition in healthy adults as featured on BBC’s ‘trust me I’m on doctor’. In this independent groups design study, forty schoolchildren aged nine to eleven years were exposed to either Rosemary aroma or no aroma in a classroom setting where they completed standardised tests of working memory in fifteen-minute procedure. Analysis of the data revealed that performance on the Immediate serial recall, Sentence span, and Counting span tasks were significantly better in the Rosemary aroma condition and possessed medium to large effect sizes. This is the first study to demonstrate such effects in children and suggests that the potential for enhancement is greater than in adults. These findings will be discussed in terms of the potential for improving academic attainment through natural interventions and the possible mechanisms behind such effects.

Dr Moss said: "Why and how rosemary has this effect is still up for debate. It could be that aromas affect electrical activity in the brain or that pharmacologically active compounds can be absorbed when adults are exposed.” "We do know that poor working memory is related to poor academic performance and these findings offers a possible cost effective and simple intervention to improve academic performance in children. The time is ripe for large-scale trials of aroma application in education settings."

About Dr Mark Moss

Mark is head of the Department of Psychology. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the Division and oversees staffing and budgeting for all programmes of study. Mark teaches on the second year undergraduate Psychobiology Sensation and Perception module, undergraduate and Masters level research methods modules, and a final year alcoholism option. Mark was a founding member of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (now the Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre) at Northumbria University. His main research interests relate to the modulation of cognitive function and mood through natural interventions, with a current focus on phyto-aromatics, having published various research papers in the field.