Most of us start our day with a hot and refreshing cup of tea. Many can’t even function without consuming the hot drink, and now a new study has found that it actually helps give our brains the necessary boost.
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This is according to researchers at Peking University who conducted a study (published in the journal Food Quality and Preference) to understand whether drinking tea has actually improved our convergent thinking skills.
For the uninitiated, convergent thinking essentially means our brain’s ability to solve problems by applying a set of stipulated rules and logical reasoning.
The study was conducted by psychologist Lei Wang of Peking University, China, and other researchers. They recruited a total of 100 people and asked them to solve puzzles or word association tasks, according to different difficulty levels.
Before starting, each subject was given a cup of water or black tea, both heated to a temperature of 42 degrees Celsius.
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The analysis found that individuals who drank tea performed better in the creative task at a high difficulty level than those who drank water. However, at a lower difficulty level, water and tea behaved the same.
Tea has also been found to be associated with more successful problem solving as a subject. In addition, the tea drinking group was happier and more enthusiastic about the tasks compared to the water group.
Wang shared in a statement, “Our results suggest that tea can help improve mental performance when faced with a particularly difficult task. Tea also helps people to persevere in this task without getting tired.
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Wang added, “Our research also suggests that regular tea drinkers see greater cognitive benefits compared to occasional tea drinkers. The results have important practical significance for those who are engaged in creative work or those who are prone to fatigue. “
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