Coffee: When it helps, when it hurts
Mar 10, 2010
Many people take caffeine
always, or never
But the evidence is clear: for some tasks, drink coffee -- for others, don't.
hippocampal neurogenesis and long term memory
-- aiding short-term memory when the information is related to the current focus of thought, and making short-term recall more difficult when the information isn't related
Increases short term recall
of both true and false memories
Increases short term memory and attentional control
Increases memory retention and retrieval
caffeine for short-term performance on a focused task (such as an exam).
caffeine for tasks that require broad creativity and long-term learning.
(Disclaimer: The greater altertness, larger short-term memory capacity, and eased recall might make the memories you do make of higher quality.)
At least, this is my take. But the issue is convoluted enough that I'm unsure. What do you think?