• Long-Term Memory Can Be Enhanced With Caffeine

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    Numerous studies have suggested that caffeine has many health benefits. Now, new research suggests that a dose of caffeine after a learning session may help to boost long-term memory.

    Natural Health News — The consumption of caffeine is the energy boost of choice for millions to wake up or stay up. Now, however, researchers  have found another use for the stimulant: memory enhancer.

    Writing in the journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers at Johns Hopkins University led by Michael Yassa, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences have shown that caffeine can help enhance long-term memory.

    “We’ve always known that caffeine has cognitive-enhancing effects, but its particular effects on strengthening memories and making them resistant to forgetting has never been examined in detail in humans,” said Yassa. “We report for the first time a specific effect of caffeine on reducing forgetting over 24 hours.”

    In their double-blind trial participants who did not regularly eat or drink caffeinated products were given either a placebo or a 200-milligram caffeine tablet (or roughly one strong cup of coffee …

    • For more on the pros and cons of caffeine consumption see our feature Caffeine – angel or devil?

    Coffee has long been a friend of students working through the night, but it does more than just keep us awake. A study provides the first convincing evidence that caffeine enhances long-term memory in people – provided the dose is right.

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