Study shows chewing gum aids concentration

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CHEWING gum really does help you concentrate, a new study has shown.

Volunteers were tested on their ability to spot odd-even-odd sequences in lists of numbers which were randomly read to them.

They were quicker and more accurate at the task when chewing gum, researchers found.

Study author Kate Morgan, from the University of Cardiff, said: “It’s been well established by previous research that chewing gum can benefit some areas of cognition.

“We focused on an audio task that involved short-term memory recall to see if chewing gum would improve concentration, especially in the latter stages of the task.”

The findings appear in the British Journal of Psychology.