Speaker: Caroline Edmonds
Date: Thursday 20 June 2013
Venue: HG09, Hendon Campus
Title: The effect of water consumption on cognitive performance
Abstract: Folk wisdom suggests that drinking water is “good for you” and can help children and adults to perform well at school or work. However, there is very little published research formally examining the effect of water consumption on cognitive performance and mood. Our studies have shown that supplementing children with water can improve their performance on tasks assessing visual attention, processing speed and memory. In adults, our studies have shown that this is not just due to expectations that people may have about water helping them to perform better. We have also examined links between university students bringing drinks into exams and their exam performance. I will discuss these studies and suggest future directions for research.