Chocolate: Do the math

Chocolate boosts math performance, claim British researchers. From Neatorama:

Mental arithmetic became easier after volunteers had been given large amounts of compounds found in chocolate, called flavanols, in a hot cocoa drink. They were also less likely to feel tired or mentally drained . . .

Chocolate: the wonder drug.

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Comments

  1. Rusha Sams says:

    You’ve confirmed what I’ve suspected for years: We need to eat more chocolate!

  2. Alarconmath says:

    I’m not sure if chocolate can boost math performance, per se. I think it’s better to say that chocolate boosts the ability to be focused/alert and may make mathematics “easier” under these constraints. The semantics is key here. I’m sure I can give chocolate to level 1 math students and not see much improvement in their ability. Yes, they may have more energy, but will they harness it in the way to improve their skills?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmm… I wonder if this study will cause a reversal of the wellness policy that mandates I can no longer give my students Tootsie Rolls or mini-Hershey’s at any time for any reason.