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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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.