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Chewing Gum Helps Boost Test Results

December 1, 2011 by  

CANTON, N.Y., Nov. 30 (UPI) — Students who chewed gum for 5 minutes before taking a test did better on the test than students who did not chew gum before the test, U.S. researchers said.

Serge Onyper, an assistant professor at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., said “mastication-induced arousal” is credited for the testing score boost, which lasted for about the first 20 minutes of testing.

A “battery of cognitive tasks” was given to study participants, who chewed gum either prior to or throughout testing. The results were compared with those of subjects who did not chew gum, Onyper said.

Many studies have shown that any type of physical activity can produce a performance boost and this study points out that even mild physical activity can bring on such a boost, Onyper said.

“Chewing gum gave the subjects multiple advantages, but only when chewed for 5 minutes before testing, not for the duration of the test,” Onyper said in a statement.

Benefits persisted for the first 15 to 20 minutes of testing only. Onyper noted it was possible the benefits didn’t continue throughout testing due to a sharing of resources by cognitive and masticatory processes.

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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