LEXINGTON, Ky.–No adult among us should ever underestimate the potential impacts of a middle school science fair. In the case of Aaron Garvey, now in his fifth year on the faculty of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, a project he worked on when he was 14 years old helped inspire him to pursue a career as a university professor.
Garvey, an assistant professor of marketing in the Gatton College, wanted to test a textbook theory he read for determining the trajectory of objects. His project, examining how far a baseball would travel based on its peak height, made it all the way to an international science fair.
“That was my first exposure to research,” said Garvey. “I’ve always liked hearing other people’s ideas and developing my own ideas, but ultimately, I want to see it proven for myself. I want to see it tested for myself. I want to know if it’s real.”
Garvey’s curiosity and scientific spirit is alive and well these days as he researches consumer behavior and teaches both undergraduate and graduate students at UK.
A recent research study led by Garvey reveals that brands of sports equipment can improve human performance through purely psychological means that are unrelated to functional differences in a branded product’s materials, craftsmanship, or design.
Watch the video produced by Research Communications to learn more about why Aaron Garvey is so passionate about his research.