April 22, 2009
Chewing gum may help improve test scores
A U.S. study indicates chewing gum can have a positive effect on teenagers' academic performance.
Previous research conducted in a laboratory setting showed gum chewing can help reduce stress, improve alertness and relieve anxiety.
real lifeclassroom setting.
The study reports:
-- The researchers found that students who chewed gum showed an increase in standardized math test scores and their final grades were better compared with those who didn't chew gum.
-- Students who chewed gum had a significantly greater increase in their standardized math test scores after 14 weeks of chewing gum in math class and while doing homework compared with those who did not chew gum.
-- Chewing gum was associated with a 3 percent increase in standardized math test scores, a small but statistically significant change.
The study was presented at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans.