Many people say that chewing gum will help you do better on tests. But is that really true? Studies show that there are many benefits to chewing gum while studying or taking a test.
Chewing gum can help a person’s memory or ability to recall information. It can improve both their long and short term memory. Usually, this improvement is minimal, but it is improvement none the less. Chewing gum helps increase your heart rate, blood flow, and blood pressure. An increased heart rate can help deliver more oxygen to the brain, therefore waking up the brain and increasing the activity in the hippocampus.
The chewing motions made when chewing gum allow for this increased heart rate and blood flow. Chewing gum can also bring more glucose to the brain, which is beneficial to memory.
Chewing gum can be beneficial in other ways. It can help a person concentrate better, which is a very necessary skill when taking a test. It can also increase a person’s reaction times. Chewing gum can help you relieve stress by reducing your cortisol levels. This causes your brain performance to improve. Studies have shown that chewing gum is most beneficial for multiple-choice testing. It also works best when chewing right before the test, as chewing gum the entire time is a distraction and can use up too much energy.
Chewing gum is a quick and easy way to improve your test scores, even by just a few points.
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