In previous posts, we have explored the many health benefits of coffee. But what about its psychological effects? From Voltaire to Margaret Atwood, many brilliant, insightful people have confessed their love for coffee. This comes as no surprise, since, as you are about to discover, coffee offers many interesting psychological benefits.
Coffee May Improve Memory
This is great news for all those who love to drink a nice cup of coffee while they study or read an interesting book.
In a 2014 study, researchers from Johns Hopkins University conducted an experiment to test the effects of caffeine on memory. Participants were asked to memorize a series of images and then were given a pill containing either caffeine or a placebo. The next day, participants were shown a different set of images. Some were identical to those they saw the previous day, others were similar but not identical, and a third type of images was completely different.
The researchers found that participants that were given caffeine did better than the control group. Not only were they better at identifying identical images, but they also displayed a greater ability to spot images that were similar but not identical, suggesting that caffeine may improve detailed memory.
Coffee Makes You Appear Energetic
Caffeine is a stimulant whose effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure as well as greater alertness. All these characteristics make you appear energetic and decisive. That’s why grabbing a cup of coffee is the quintessential date idea: caffeine puts you in a state that comes across as engaging and vibrant. Entrepreneurs are also aware of this effect, even if at an empirical level, and the world of business is filled with coffee breaks and appointments to discuss investment ideas over a cup of coffee.
Coffee Helps You Persuade
Coffee increases the attention level of the person you are talking to. So when you drink coffee with someone not only do you appear more energetic (see the previous paragraph), the other person is also more receptive to those positive signals. Furthermore, coffee makes people easier to persuade, as long as you present solid, convincing arguments. In fact, a 2005 study found that caffeine enhances arousal, attention, and information processing, all factors that converge to facilitate persuasion.
In short, in addition to providing a rich sensory experience and offering many health benefits, coffee can also improve your memory, help you make a better impression, and persuade others more easily.
However, as stimulating and delicious as coffee can be, don’t forget that moderation is key, since the overconsumption of caffeine comes with long-term health risks.
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