Monday, December 12, 2011

Your Brain on Gum

Study says chewing gum improves test scores.
Gum is forbidden almost everywhere, but hold on, there's a study  that says gum improves students performance in tests.

Researchers at St Lawrence University in Canton, New York, found those who chewed gum for five minutes before a test got better marks than those who didn't.

Researchers compared test results of those who chewed gum before a test to those who did not. They found chewing gum earns higher marks.

In the past, studies have shown that any physical activity improves brain performance, but this proves chewing gum can actually do the same.
Students were then given tasks such as repeating random numbers backward and solving logic puzzles.
Their results were then compared with subjects who did not chew gum. 
While students who chewed gum for five minutes before a test achieved better scores on average, chewing during the test did just the opposite, it distracted the brain from its main task. 

This may be due to ‘a sharing of resources by cognitive and masticatory processes,’ researchers, led by Dr. Serge Onyper, said.  (whatever that means)

So basically, even minor activity can boost brain performance.