-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- You might want to break out
the chewing gum before your next big test, a new study
The research, published in a recent issue of the journal
Appetite, found that students who chewed gum for five minutes before taking a test got better marks than those who didn't chew gum.
This boost in academic performance was due to
"mastication-induced arousal," which lasted for about the first 20
minutes of the test, according to Serge Onyper, an assistant
professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University in Canton,
Previous research has shown that any type of physical activity
improves brain performance, but this study shows that even minor
physical activity can do so.
The benefits of chewing gum occurred only when it was done for
five minutes before a test, not if it was done during the entire
test. This may be because chewing and thinking conflict with each
other, Onyper suggested in a university news release.
Instead of relying on chewing gum, the Nemours Foundation offers
studying for tests.
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