Gum Chewing Improves Math Scores

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM EDT

By WKBW News

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) It appears gum not only provides fresh breath, but higher math scores, too.

A recent study found 8th graders who chewed gum during math class and homework time scored better on standardized math tests.

Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine recruited more than 100 8th grade math students to study the effect of gum chewing might have on math scores.

They took a test at the beginning of the study, then were split into two

One group was given gum to chew during class time, homework time and test time, the others were not.

Results show when the kids took the test again, 14 weeks later, the gum-chewing group significantly improved their scores compared to the non-gum group.

Researchers think gum chewing may increase blood flow to the brain and may reduce stress.

Doctors say they recommend listening and paying attention, but for some people gum chewing or doodling can stimulate their mind, so that they're able to better attend to and retain the information they are provided.

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