Drinking Coffee Rewires Your Brain For The Better (Mostly)

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You probably don’t need some Ogbert in a white lab coat to tell you that coffee assists wake you up and kickstart your brain in the morning. But if you want to have a better grasp of what is going on and why inside that ole noodle of yours, you must hear the lab coat out. And thanks to a new study, we may have a better idea of how coffee and caffeine effect brain activity.

As reported by WANE, the findings are the work of researchers from Portugal’s University of Minho School of Medicine. Led by Nuno Sousa, the president of the medical school, researchers measured participants’ brain activity utilizing fMRI technology. Split into two groups—coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers—participants brain activity was recorded while they were at rest, while performing a taste, and immediately after having coffee.

When analyzing the outcomes, researchers found a link between “drinking coffee and a decreased extent of connectivity in the right precuneus and right insular areas of the brain.” This, according to the post, translates into improved motor control and more alertness. Researchers likewise found “dynamic activity” in areas of the brain linked to “an increased ability to focus, know, and remember.”

These results were present not simply in typical coffee drinkers nevertheless likewise appeared in non-coffee drinkers shortly after consuming coffee.

“This is the first time that the effect that downing coffee regularly has on our brain network is studied with this degree of detail,” Sousa wrote. “We were able to observe the effect of coffee on the structure and functional connectivity of our brain, as well as the differences between those who drink coffee regularly and those who don’t beverage coffee, in real time.”

The study does note that it’s not all upside for the coffee brain, though. Researchers found that normal coffee drinkers had higher levels of fret than those who did not. My not-at-all coffee homerism response to that is that it isn’t coffee that raises worry levels, it’s that the world is a stressful place and coffee drinkers, with their more advanced and better attuned brains, are just more able to experience the world as it is. Don’t blame coffee, it is the world who is wrong.

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So if you want to be better, faster, stronger, ingest coffee. Stress is just the burden of sipping a superhuman brain.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

This coffee news article firstly appeared at Sprudge, a Coffee News and Culture online magazine.

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