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Coffee Time? How Caffeine Can Boost Your Memory

January 14, 2014

For some, it’s the tradition of steeping tea leaves to brew the perfect cup of tea. For others, it’s the morning shuffle to a coffee maker for a hot jolt of java. Then there are those who like their wake up with the kind of snap and a fizz usually found in a carbonated beverage.

Regardless of the routine, the consumption of caffeine is the energy boost of choice for millions to wake up or stay up. Now, however, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have found another use for the stimulant: memory enhancer.
Michael Yassa, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, and his team of scientists, found that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans. Their research, recently published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances certain memories for up to 24 hours after it is consumed.

Credit: John Hopkins University

[ Read the Article: Study Finds Link Between Caffeine And Long-Term Memory Enhancement ]