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Coffee 'Can Make The Mind Go Blank'
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-20-2004 | Nic Fleming

Posted on 07/19/2004 8:18:05 PM PDT by blam

Coffee 'can make mind go blank'

By Nic Fleming
(Filed: 20/07/2004)

Drinking coffee can cause tip-of-the-tongue moments when the brain struggles to retrieve information, according to a study.

Caffeine, widely held to make people more alert, can make the mind go blank or struggle to switch between trains of thought.

It can help the brain process information rapidly but interferes once the brain tries to switch between subjects, researchers claim.

Volunteers were split into two groups, with one given 200 milligrams of caffeine - the equivalent of two cups of coffee. They then answered 100 questions after reading 10 "priming words" with between two and eight of the words sounding similar to the answer.

Caffeine appeared to help participants find the correct answers when primed with many similar sounding words. But when there were more unrelated priming words they suffered more tip-of-the-tongue moments than those who had not had coffee.

The study, by researchers in Italy, is published in Behavioral Neuroscience.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: blank; coffee; go; make; mentalhealth; mind
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1 posted on 07/19/2004 8:18:05 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Well, that explains it then!!!


2 posted on 07/19/2004 8:19:47 PM PDT by potlatch (HECK IS WHERE PEOPLE GO WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN GOSH)
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To: blam

Well, I average about one or two cops of cuffee most days, and I've never had any top-of-the-tingue lapses.


3 posted on 07/19/2004 8:23:06 PM PDT by rhema
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To: blam

Forgot what I was going to post.


4 posted on 07/19/2004 8:24:11 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: blam

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit using "priming words!"


5 posted on 07/19/2004 8:24:30 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (we use the ˇ°ml maximizeˇ± command in Stata to obtain estimates of each aj , bj, and cm.)
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To: blam
Caffeine, widely held to make people more alert, can make the mind go blank or struggle to switch between trains of thought.

Nonsense. I drink lots of coffee, and I've never had this trouble.

Changing the subject, flurble crottleby snerbmorg huthoop jremk.

6 posted on 07/19/2004 8:26:24 PM PDT by ScottFromSpokane (Re-elect President Bush: http://spokanegop.org/bush.html)
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To: blam

Dammit. I just can't seem to finish reading the......now what were we talking about?


7 posted on 07/19/2004 8:26:41 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all)
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To: blam

I drink diet coke and it has caffeine in it and I never.............Uh......


8 posted on 07/19/2004 8:28:04 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Strategery - "W" plays poker with one hand and chess with the other.)
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To: Texas Eagle

It doesn't matter. I haven't had a shower yet.


9 posted on 07/19/2004 8:32:00 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: blam
Hey, blam! Stick to archaeology!

Don't bring up those umm[pleasant subjeccts, you no, memery looose and suuch.

10 posted on 07/19/2004 8:32:34 PM PDT by Coyoteman (I'm an archaeologist; I work for a living!)
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To: Indy Pendance

LOL! Hilarious post.


11 posted on 07/19/2004 8:33:11 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: blam

Huh?


12 posted on 07/19/2004 8:34:16 PM PDT by asgardshill ("I like the yellow ones")
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To: Dont Mention the War

Oh man...how I love that movie!


13 posted on 07/19/2004 8:35:46 PM PDT by ECM
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To: diamond6

Whatever... you must run out for coffee, NOW! Thanks in advance. I take my straight, black, the stuff that puts hair on your chest.


14 posted on 07/19/2004 8:35:59 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: blam

Drink more beer!


15 posted on 07/19/2004 8:36:26 PM PDT by stainlessbanner (quis custodiet ipsos custodies)
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To: blam; CholeraJoe; xsmommy; Gabz; theDentist

What?

Huh?

Why?

Why not?

Can't think yet - Need coffee.

Now, where did I leave that case of Alzheimers I bought yesterday?


16 posted on 07/19/2004 8:40:13 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly ... But Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS press corpse lies every day.)
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To: Indy Pendance

fax me a cup, would ya please?


17 posted on 07/19/2004 8:40:40 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly ... But Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS press corpse lies every day.)
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To: blam


18 posted on 07/19/2004 8:41:02 PM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

It's on it's way, just pop out your cd rom, it's really a coffee cup holder anyway.


19 posted on 07/19/2004 8:42:11 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: XHogPilot; Texan5; Slip18

That guy needs more coffee: Now he's forgot to type while he's posting thongs.

Er, things.


20 posted on 07/19/2004 8:42:37 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly ... But Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS press corpse lies every day.)
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To: blam
Caffeine, widely held to make people more alert, can make the mind go blank or struggle to switch between trains of thought.

Effectively counteracted with nicotine.

21 posted on 07/19/2004 8:43:02 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: blam

Who I'm I? What I'm I? AAAAAWHAAA,HUH


22 posted on 07/19/2004 8:44:09 PM PDT by Boazo (LOSE THE TAG LINE)
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To: Indy Pendance

Oh that thing?

Shoot, it can't hold much coffee - Darn thong has a big hole right in the middle of it.......


23 posted on 07/19/2004 8:44:40 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly ... But Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS press corpse lies every day.)
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To: blam



24 posted on 07/19/2004 8:45:25 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: blam

Well, isn't it about time we put caffeine in Schedule I, then? Obviously, it's just as dangerous as cocaine...


25 posted on 07/19/2004 8:46:03 PM PDT by The Libertarian Dude (Patrick Henry didn't say "Give me liberty or make me give a urine sample" - Mojo Nixon)
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To: Coyoteman
LOL. I drink a whole pot of coffee every day.
26 posted on 07/19/2004 8:47:11 PM PDT by blam
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To: The Libertarian Dude

I thought they just call it a "senior moment".


27 posted on 07/19/2004 8:48:32 PM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand")
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To: blam
The study, by researchers in Italy,

Uh, this "study" is just a plug for red wine...

28 posted on 07/19/2004 8:48:41 PM PDT by tubebender (If I had known I would live this long I would have taken better care of myself...)
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To: ScottFromSpokane
"Nonsense. I drink lots of coffee, and I've never had this trouble.
Changing the subject, flurble crottleby snerbmorg huthoop jremk."
Like many other things, it must depend on the blend.
I personally prefer Irish coffee: it sustains, supports and fortifies.
29 posted on 07/19/2004 8:49:55 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: blam
LOL. I drink a whole pot of coffee every day.

I drink a whole pot of coffee every day too. And, I was going to post a very cutting rejoinder, but I forgot what the question was.

Actually, these comments have been among the funniest I have seen here in months.

Good post!

30 posted on 07/19/2004 8:50:49 PM PDT by Coyoteman (I'm an archaeologist; I work for a living!)
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To: blam

I can vouch for this!


31 posted on 07/19/2004 8:52:32 PM PDT by Dasaji (Uhhh,...Pat? Can I please buy a vowel?)
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To: DeFault User

Ahhhhh, I see you've reached the same conclusion. It's all about having the different chemicals fight it out while you leech on the energy. Now if you'll excuse me I have to get back to my invention. I'm making a coffee flavored caffeinated cigarette. I was tired of the inefficient old way with the cups and pouring and the measuring and all.


32 posted on 07/19/2004 8:55:17 PM PDT by Anvilhead (When danger reared its ugly head, Brave Sir Robin turned and fled)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Get yourself a large coffee cup, it fits fine. Don't settle for those whimmpy cups.


33 posted on 07/19/2004 8:56:13 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: blam
Well! THAT'S why everybody has to fill in words to my sentences all the time! It's from that - uh - you know - that stuff I drink too much of! Darn! Now why can't I think of that word?! Oh yeah - COFFEE!!
34 posted on 07/19/2004 8:58:04 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: blam
Drinking coffee can cause tip-of-the-tongue moments

That's why this place is such a hoot at 5am PDT...I don't even THINK about posting then.

35 posted on 07/19/2004 8:58:33 PM PDT by ErnBatavia ("Dork"; a 60's term for a 60's kinda guy: JFK)
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To: blam

Oh so coffee makes so focused on one subject you have a momentary lapse changing subjects.

there was something else but I am too focused.


36 posted on 07/19/2004 9:01:06 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: blam

All this time I thought it was "mental pause" for me, but for someone who drinks coffee all day, I guess I just.....


37 posted on 07/19/2004 9:01:08 PM PDT by ladyinred (What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about? Become a monthly donor and find out!!!)
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To: blam

I don't uh... hmmm... believe that. I drink like, uh, 10+ cups of the stuff each....


38 posted on 07/19/2004 9:04:02 PM PDT by sc2_ct
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Darn thong has a big hole right in the middle of it.......

Then I'd say you're making your coffee wayyyy too strong.

39 posted on 07/19/2004 9:15:47 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: blam

"I drink a whole pot of coffee every day."


I drink 12 -16 ounces before work and then about 96 ounces at work. Some times I have a cup before I go to bed.

I'm sure I have a toxic caffiene level but I bet a transfusion from me would wake the near dead. Internal defribrillation.


40 posted on 07/19/2004 9:18:58 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED ( Kerry/Edwards......Lame-o and Blame-o)
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To: Scenic Sounds; Southflanknorthpawsis
Caffeine, widely held to make people more alert, can make the mind go blank or struggle to switch between trains of thought.

Well, here's the problem.

Better switch to decaf.

41 posted on 07/19/2004 9:23:04 PM PDT by Amelia
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To: blam

I only get those tip-of-the-tongue moments (affectionately called "train wrecks" for when your train of thought... oh, you get it...) when I have too much blood in my coffee stream.


42 posted on 07/19/2004 9:40:32 PM PDT by calenel (Peace Through Strength, and when necessary, Peace Through Victory!)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Caffeine, widely held to make people more alert, can make the mind go blank or struggle to switch between trains of thought.

Looks like I'm going to have to cut back on the coffee. I wonder if that will help. LOL!

43 posted on 07/19/2004 9:40:56 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.)
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To: NRA2BFree

Well, it's worth a try ;)


44 posted on 07/19/2004 9:41:50 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: potlatch
Well, that explains it then!!!

Explains what?

45 posted on 07/19/2004 9:45:46 PM PDT by Ichneumon ("...she might as well have been a space alien." - Bill Clinton, on Hillary, "My Life", p. 182)
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To: Ichneumon; blam

It explains why I have "tip-of-the-tongue moments", LOL! I drink a lot of coffee.


46 posted on 07/19/2004 9:48:57 PM PDT by potlatch (HECK IS WHERE PEOPLE GO WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN GOSH)
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To: potlatch

Coffee is...ummm...ha ha ha! Why I laugh?


47 posted on 07/19/2004 9:58:27 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (To find the Democratic Party HQ, just follow the sound of the cuckoo clock.)
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To: potlatch
It explains why I have "tip-of-the-tongue moments", LOL! I drink a lot of coffee.

Was my post too subtle? ;-)

48 posted on 07/19/2004 9:58:35 PM PDT by Ichneumon ("...she might as well have been a space alien." - Bill Clinton, on Hillary, "My Life", p. 182)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Well, it's worth a try:)

OK, I'll cut down to 6 cups a day and see what happens. THEN I bet I can name the capitals of ALL "40" states. LOL!! ;-)

49 posted on 07/19/2004 10:02:15 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.)
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To: Ichneumon; blam; WestVirginiaRebel

LOL, MY post must have been the subtle one. Poor Blam must have been having one of those 'moments' because he never wondered what I meant!


50 posted on 07/19/2004 10:02:37 PM PDT by potlatch (HECK IS WHERE PEOPLE GO WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN GOSH)
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