Does Chewing Gum increases chances of Dumbness ?
If you thought that chewing gum helped you concentrate, it might be time to reassess. While some old research has suggested that it can help you with abstract reasoning and logic puzzles, new research reveals that it can completely screw up your short-term memory.
The new study, carried out at the University of Cardiff in the UK, pitted participants against classic short-term memory challenges, with and without gum. The tests had the volunteers attempt to recall lists of words and numbers in the order they were seen or heard, and also had them identify missing items from lists after they had been read out.
The researchers found that chewing seems to impair our ability to recall items in the correct order, and also makes us worse at suggesting missing items from a memorized list. While in the past researchers have suggested that chewing promotes blood flow to the brain, in turn improving cognitive function, the researchers from Cardiff have a different theory.