Chewing gum improves mood

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A study at Swinburne University in Melbourne gave 40 participants the Defined Intensity Stressor Simulation — a battery of concurrent tests that appear on a screen, all at once, designed both to induce stress and to measure subject performance.

Participants took the tests while chewing and not chewing gum. They reported less anxiety while chewing gum (a 17% reduction), as well as more alertness (a 19% increase), and demonstrated increased performance overall (gum chewers scored 67% better than non-chewers).

The mechanisms underlying these effects are unknown but may include documented effects of chewing on cerebral blood flow and heart rate.

Sources: Study via Askmen.

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