New study suggests coffee improves long term memory


Results from a new study are showing that caffeine may actually improve a person’s long term memory.

In the stud participants were shown a number of pictures and then one group was given a tablet with 200-milligrams of caffeine in it, and another group was given a placebo. The next day the groups were shown more images and were then asked if any of them matched those from the previous day. The group that took the caffeine tablet tested better.

The difference in this study, compared to others done regarding caffeine, is the fact that the caffeine was administered after the participants were shown the pictures.

Michael Yassa, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University

“Almost all prior studies administered caffeine before the study session, so if there is an enhancement, it’s not clear if it’s due to caffeine’s effects on attention, vigilance, focus, or other factors,” Michael Yassa, who works at John Hopkins University as an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, said.

“By administering caffeine after the experiment, we rule out all of these effects and make sure that if there is an enhancement, it’s due to memory and nothing else,” he added.

[via BGR, HUB]

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  • Tom

    Comment no.4 almost made me spit my coffee out laughing so hard!

  • Tom

    Here is a MENIERES treatment if that is what you are suffering from:


  • Steve

    Caffeine or excess salt can be devastating to those suffering from Meniere’s Syndrome and related conditions caused by episodes of high pressure in the inner ear. There is also some evidence that caffeine intake may bring on such a condition.

  • sl0j0n

    Hello, all.
    Oh, GREAT!
    As much coffee as I drink, I’ll *NEVER* forget the day I was embarrassed in 5th grade, 48 YEARS ago!
    BTW, coffee is pretty remarkable, because it functions like a substitute neurotransmitter in the human brain.

    Have a GREAT day, neighbors!

  • Gil

    Try taking NO DOZ or STAY AWAKE (Walgreen’s) for your caffeine fix. Each tablet is 200mg. That way you don’t have to drink coffee or tea, which you dislike.

  • Tiddles

    I saw another article about coffee and memory, but forgot where I saw it.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    [@Ashraf] Must… have… coffee…

  • Peter

    Well, regarding the mechanism how caffeine works the result is not very surprising, but can it help to remember “1,3,7-Trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6(3H,7H)-dione 3,7-Dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione” (its systematic name)?

  • Ashraf

    Am I the only person here who drinks tea or coffee only when absolutely necessary? I hate the stuff.