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Associate Professor Jordy Kaufman

Associate Professor
PhD, Duke University, United States; Bachelor of Science, Carnegie Mellon University, United States


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

Research interests

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

Teaching areas

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

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