Got an exam? Chew gum..

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Got an exam? Chew gum..
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 8:17am

but only for 5 minutes before the test and you'll get better marks.Otherwise gum chewing may interfere with thinking. Seriously.

Check out this news by Health Day News:

You might want to break out the chewing gum before your next big test, a new study contends.

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, N.Y.

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.

Are you a gum chewer?


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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 7:28pm

I'm not a gim chewer now --- was when I was younger but never thought to use it as an exam primer! LOL