Associate Professor Jordy Kaufman
PhD, Duke University, United States; Bachelor of Science, Carnegie Mellon University, United States
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Health Sciences
- Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
- Centre for Mental Health
- Department of Psychological Sciences
- ATC933 Hawthorn campus
Background I earned by BSc in Cognitive Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and my PhD in Psychology at Duke University with Prof. Amy Needham. From there, I took a postdoctoral position with Prof. Mark Johnson at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at University of London studying infant brain development. In 2007, I moved to Swinburne University of Technology where my group established Australia's first infant cognitive neuroscience laboratory. Research Interests My main scientific interest can be summarised by the following question: how does the mental world of the infant differ from that of children and adults? My research uses a multi-disciplinary approach which includes: electrophysiological (EEG) methods to measure brain activity related to cognitive processing, infrared eye-tracking system to examine spatial sequence learning, behavioural methods including measuring infant habituation to various stimulus types (actual objects, computer animations, videotaped recordings, etc), and thorough literature reviews to form specific and testable hypotheses. Additionally, I am very interested in examining how technology usage influences learning and cognition in preschool children.
Keywords: developmental-psychology; child-psychology; human-computer-interaction; cognitive-neuroscience
Developmental Psychology; Neuroscience; Human Computer Interactions; Education
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Developmental Psychology: Swinburne's move to reduce normal PhD candidature time to 3 years means that in most cases I can only take on PhD students that first do a research masters degree (here or elsewhere).
Available to supervise honours students.
Honours topics and outlines
Children's learning from digital play: This project focuses on the question: What features of digital play facilitate or interfere with young children's learning and developennt?
Cognitive and brain development in infants: We are interested in projects that will use behavioural and/or EEG methods to help us determine how babies understand their visual worlds and how this understanding develops over the first year of life. Projects could relate to object processing, face processing, spatial cognition etc.
Development of goodness and selfishness in young children: This project focues on the question: In what ways do young children undertand and engage in proscial behaviour? What drives young children to act altruistically or selfishly?
Motor activity and learning in young children: Studies with adults have shown that motor activity (e.g. note taking, gesturing) can have a positive influence on learning in adults. We are interested in assessing the extent to which motor activity influences learning in young children.
Fields of Research
- Psychology - 170100
Cognitive Psychology;Developmental Psychology;Neuroscience
Also published as: Kaufman, Jordy; Kaufman, J.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2020: Get Talking *; Medical Device Partnering Program
- 2019: Evaluation of the Early Learning Languages Australia Foundation to Year 2 trial *; Commonwealth Department of Education and Training
- 2019: Safety at Work: an applied research project to integrate immersive experiential learning with positive behaviour support training in the disability sector (PAVE) *; Workforce Training Innovation Fund
- 2018: Using immersive virtual reality technology to inform public swimming pool lifeguard scanning for drowning prevention (APR Intern agreement for Paola Araiza Alba) *; Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Intern Program
- 2017: Dietary patterns, inflammatory salivary biomarkers, stool characterization among healthy toddlers aged 15-36 months old in Australia *; Danone Asia Pacific Holdings Pte Ltd
- 2017: Nutrition/cognitive and nutrition/executive performance in healthy children *; Nestec
- 2017: Research and evaluation of Screen time project *; Approach to Market Fund Scheme
- 2016: Evaluating educational outcomes from the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) apps programme *; Department of Education and Training Fund Scheme
- 2015: Purchase of mobile infra-red eye-tracker *; Equity Trustees Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund
- 2012: Demystifying the Effects of Tablet Use by Young Children *; Google Faculty Research Awards program
- 2011: Young Infants' Representations of 'What' and 'Where' *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
- 2010: Examining auditory processing as a potential risk indicator in infants with a genetic risk for autism *; Fred P Archer Charitable Trust
* Chief Investigator
- 2017-10-24: Aww! 12-month-old babies recognise emotional reactions and link them to their cause - ABC News
- 2016-09-30: Toddlers prefer to help familiar people, new research reveals - Babyology
- 2016-06-06: 50 Online Learning Tools That Will Keep The Kids Sharp All Summer - Huffington Post & Times of India
- 2016-04-22: Childhood and the touchscreen revolution - Research Impact (Swinburne)
- 2016-02-01: Educational apps for kids - CHOICE
- 2015-12-21: Experts: tablet games can aid childhood development - Sydney Morning Herald
- 2015-11-04: The big baby experiment - Nature
- 2015-10-23: For kids, how much screen time is too much? - Houston Chronicle
- 2015-07-30: A guide to kidsâ€™ educational apps - Family Times (NZ)
- 2015-07-27: Confused By the Mysterious World of Children's Digital Books? - Huffington Post
- 2015-07-13: Does it matter if â€˜Eâ€™ is for education or entertainment? - The Spoke
- 2015-07-09: Guide to kids educational apps - Parenthub
- 2015-06-30: http://www.earlylearningreview.com.au/research-concludes-apps-can-be-educational/ - Early Learning Review
- 2015-06-19: Not all apps deemed â€˜educationalâ€™ - PS News
- 2015-06-17: How To Tell If Apps For Kids Are Actually Educational - Lifehacker Australia
- 2015-06-16: Popular preschool apps failing to educate kids, study finds - Herald Sun
- 2015-06-15: Children Will Learn Faster on iPads & Tablets Than With Books, Study Says - Parent Herald
- 2015-05-07: Little Evidence To Support Claims That 80,000 Educational Apps In Apple Store Actually Improve Learning - International Business Times
- 2015-05-07: Smart tips for parents about "educational" apps for kids - CBS News
- 2015-05-06: Educational apps can 'be as bad as sugary foods': Experts call for crackdown on apps aimed at children - Daily Mail (UK)