Watching chat shows and drinking coffee boost mental performance

June 2004
Management Services;Jun2004, Vol. 48 Issue 6, p5
Academic Journal
This article reports that drinking coffee and meditation are the best ways of improving short-term mental performance according to Kevin Warwick, a professor of cybernetics at Reading University, speaking at the annual training conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, HRD 2004. Warwick's assertions are based on his study of over 200 students at Reading University which shows that short-term performance is actually hindered by orange juice and last-minute revision. Warwick told the audience of human resource and training professionals that such lessons can be applied to similar situations in the workplace such as job interviews. In a statement issued by Warwick, what seems clear but surprising is that many of the so-called bads such as coffee and alcohol have a positive effect on short-term performance, whereas many of the goods such as listening to classical music and drinking orange juice do not come out of the study so well. In addition, Warwick said that it should be stressed however that the effects on long-term performance are reversed, with a good diet being essential to high performance. Warwick also paints a fascinating picture as to how people will undertake learning and training in the future.


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