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Chewing gum and cognitive performance: a case of a functional food with function but no food?

Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, Division of Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK.
Appetite (Impact Factor: 2.52). 11/2004; 43(2):215-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2004.07.004
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ABSTRACT Recent reports suggest that enhancement of memory performance while chewing gum is a fairly robust phenomenon. The processes underlying the effect are not known, but may involve glucose delivery, context-dependent effects and arousal mechanisms amongst others. This brief commentary outlines the main findings from these studies and raises some issues regarding interpretation, methodology and future research directions.

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