Associate Professor Jordy Kaufman
PhD, Duke University, United States; Bachelor of Science, Carnegie Mellon University, United States
- School of Health Sciences
- Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
- Centre for Mental Health
- Department of Psychological Sciences
- ATC933 Hawthorn campus
Dr Jordy Kaufman is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology. His research focuses on the intersection of child development and technology, exploring how children interact with and learn from various technologies such as virtual reality, touchscreens, video chat, and robots.
Dr Kaufman's studies, which employ a range of methods, including behavioural studies, event-related high-density EEG, neuroimaging, and surveys, provide a nuanced understanding of children's engagement with technology. This research contributes to our understanding of child development in the digital age and informs educational practices and policy.
In addition to his academic research, Dr. Kaufman has led multiple projects for the Australian Department of Education and Training, focusing on enhancing children's learning experiences through technology. These projects exemplify the integration of academic research with real-world applications, a hallmark of Swinburne's approach to education.
Dr. Kaufman's work, while rooted in the field of psychology, extends beyond traditional boundaries to engage with technology and education. This interdisciplinary approach reflects Swinburne's commitment to innovation and its vision for the future of education in a tech-led world.Background I earned my 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 the 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.
Keywords: developmental-psychology; child-psychology; human-computer-interaction; virtual-reality, child-robot-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
- Applied And Developmental Psychology - 520100
- Biological Psychology - 520200
- Clinical And Health Psychology - 520300
- Cognitive And Computational Psychology - 520400
- Social And Personality Psychology - 520500
Cognitive Psychology;Developmental Psychology;Neuroscience
Also published as: Kaufman, Jordy; Kaufman, J.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2021: (Student) - Improving Children's Water Safety Knowledge through Extended Reality Technologies *; Life Saving Victoria - Fund Scheme
- 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
- 2017: Dietary patterns, inflammatory salivary biomarkers, stool characterization among healthy toddlers aged 15-36 months old in Australia *; Danone Asia Pacific Holdings Pte Ltd
- 2010: Examining auditory processing as a potential risk indicator in infants with a genetic risk for autism *; Fred P Archer Charitable Trust
- 2009: New frontiers in infant cognitive neuroscience *; Equity Trustees Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund
- 2009: The Swinburne autism baby siblings project *; Bennelong Foundation
* Chief Investigator
- 2022-10-22: Kids’ brutal comments can actually help us test our own beliefs - Sydney Morning Herald
- 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