Coffee and memory

13 Jan

A study published in Nature Neuroscience reports on the effects of coffee on memory. Caffeine is known to improve attention and attention is a prerequisite for memory. However the effects of caffeine on memory independent of attention have been unclear.

In this study, the participants drank coffee after being exposed to the learning material. Thus, they were not experiencing the attention enhancing effects of coffee while learning. The results:

“We conclude that caffeine enhanced consolidation of long-term memories in humans.”

What is the latest thinking on the health effects of coffee? Dr. Greger gives us the data:

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