Study Says Merely Thinking About Coffee Can Already Help You Concentrate
Despite being on lockdown for two months, many people might agree when we say that our love for coffee hasn’t changed one bit. We may no longer be able to head out on our usual coffee run, but we make do with 3-in-1 mixes and home brews for now.
Putting aside the occasional palpitations, drinking coffee at a moderate amount is actually proven to have some health benefits. But like most sleep-deprived college students, every coffee enthusiast relies on caffeine to function properly on a daily basis, which is why many have developed ~strong feelings~ for it.
One study shows that the mere inhalation of the aroma already boosts one’s memory and attention. And if that doesn’t show how strong coffee’s effect is on people, here’s another piece of research that might help convince you.
In a 2019 study by Eugene Y. Chan and Sam J. Maglio published in the journal Consciouness and Cognition, it seems that the mere thought of coffee could already boost one’s ability to focus.
The study found that, even without inhalation, ingestion, or any other form of physical consumption, mere cues related to coffee can increase arousal (that is, the activation of certain parts of the brain due to stimuli) in terms of attention, thought, and performance. The study further implies that the effects of coffee—or caffeine, for that matter—not only has physiological effects, but also psychological ones. You don’t even need to consume coffee to reap benefits from it, you just have to think about it. Imagine how much money you'd save if you could just think about coffee and then get the desire effects?
Of course, like other bodies of research, the study has limitations. Despite the findings, the study states that arousal brought by the thought of coffee may still be weaker compared to the effects you'd get when you actually drink coffee. The results also found that arousal due to coffee cues is stronger in cultures that are more “coffee-dominant,” like the West. Further research on the subject still needs to be done to strengthen the findings, but it just goes to show how powerful one's love for caffeine can be.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.