Are you like me, who just can’t do without coffee? If yes, there is some good news for coffee lovers. This ecstatic dark brown liquid can actually do your brain some good. Coffee can actually boost your memory !
Coffee has long been a subject of debate whether it is good or bad for your health, but anything over the limit will certainly do damage to you. But how about having a cup hot steaming coffee just after revisions for an exam or after preparing for a presentation, which will help you remember all the stuff ? Well, it won’t really hurt to gulp down a couple of cups.
Scientists have been able to show that the effects of coffee can last for at least 24 hours. In a clinical, trail volunteers were given 200 mg caffeine pills (which would be roughly equivalent to a double espresso) and some were given placebo 5 minutes after studying a series of images. The next day these volunteers were tested on how better they were able to recall the images they had seen the previous day. The tests showed that those who had caffeine pills their memory had been enhanced at a deep level.
Dr.Micheal Yassa from the John Hopkins University, Baltimore said, “We have always known that caffeine has cognitive-enhancing effects on strengthening memories and making them resistant to forgetting has never been examined in detail in humans. We report for the first time a specific effect of caffeine on reducing forgetting over 24 hours.”
There were over 100 participants in the study who were not regular users of coffee or caffeine products. They were shown a series of images before giving caffeine pills or placebo. The next day both the caffeine and the placebo groups were tested on their ability to recognize the images which had been shown to them earlier. Some of the images were same as they had seen the previous day, some were new and some were similar but not identical.
Almost all of the participants were able to identify between the new and the old images, but those who had taken caffeine were better able to spot the ‘similar’ images. The identification of similar images required deep level of memory retention and this was very much provided by caffeine to some participants.
This is what a double shot of espresso can do to you as well. Just before the big day if you are really feeling nervous, don’t worry and relax with a cup hot cup of coffee. Now that you know how coffee can boost your memory, you know what to do.
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