Caffeine Enhances Memory (Video)

It comes as no surprise since you’ve most likely heard it before that caffeine enhances memory.  In a new experiment conducted by Michael Yassa, formerly at Johns Hopkins University, and his team, one cup of strong coffee with 200 milligrams of caffeine, was found to enhance long-term memory. Here’s what made this study as little different than those that came before:

Yassa’s study is one of the first to examine the effects of caffeine on long-term memory. Prior experiments gave subjects the caffeine or placebo tablets before being asked to study objects rather than after. This enabled Yassa to rule out effects other than the caffeine on the subject’s attention to the images such as focus, vigilance and other factors.

You can read the entire article here in the LA Times  or watch the short video below.

Caffeine Enhances Memory (Video)

It appears that the amount of caffeine is crucial to the the ensuring that caffeine enhances memory. Less than 200 mg doesn’t result in the desired effect, whereas more has uncomfortable side effects. For those of you who are not coffee drinkers (like me), you can get your caffeine hit from other sources: tea, energy drinks, colas, Mountain Dew, chocolate, or cocoa. What’s your favorite?

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