I still remember my aunt going after me for chewing a gum. Her main problem was that she considered it is a dirty habit. How I wish I could share with her the latest study, which states that chewing gum boosts a person's thinking and alertness, and the reaction time among these people is 10 percent faster than people, who do not enjoy a stick.
According to Mail Online, the Japanese research was published in the journal Brain and Cognition. Apart from increasing the reaction time, the research also shows that as many as eight parts of the brain are affected by chewing gums. It also leads to arousal and improves the temporary blood flow to the brain.
The test was carried out on volunteers as their brains were scanned while chewing and not chewing gums. It was a thirty minutes test where the participants had to press a button with their left or right thumb in response to the direction of an arrow on a screen. People who were not chewing gums took 545 milliseconds and who were chewing gums reacted in 493 milliseconds. The most active part of the brain is the one involved with the movement and attention.
A researcher from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan said, “Our results suggest that chewing induced an increase in the arousal level and alertness in addition to an effect on motor control and, as a consequence, these effects could lead to improvements in cognitive performance.” However, some other research has also showed that chewing gums may also interfere with short term memory.