Many people look for ways of enhancing their brain's performance and their cognitive abilities. There are lots of 'tricks' that people have come up with. I clearly remember from my study years the 'sleep with the textbook under your pillow' technique, that was supposed to help with recalling information for next days exams. This technique never gave me anything other than a stiff neck. But there is no need for despair for all the followers of this way of learning. We know from research using placebos that the brain is highly suggestible. If people believe it works, it often does.
Something more delicious has been discovered by a group of English and Norwegian researchers. They have studied how chocolate, tea, and red wine effect cognitive performance. Their findings show that moderate dosages of these food items, due to their high flavonoid content (flavonoids = water-soluble plant pigments that are good for your health) improve cognitive functioning. Research participants who consumed chocolate, wine, or tea had significantly better
mean test scores and lower prevalence of poor cognitive performance
than those who did not.
This research is published on: University of Oxford. "Chocolate, Wine And Tea Improve Brain Performance." ScienceDaily 24 December 2008. 26 December 2008 <http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2008/12/081223123530.htm>.