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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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