Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OSU Researcher Studies Diet, Thinking Skills

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OSU Researcher Studies Diet, Thinking Skills

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STILLWATER - Findings from Oklahoma State University assistant professor of clinical psychology Misty Hawkins suggest diet may have immediate effects on thinking skills.

Hawkins and researchers from Kent State University conducted experiments with healthy college-aged students to determine if breakfast drinks affected their ability to think. The study showed that participants who consumed low-fat dairy, such as 1-percent milk, performed better on cognitive tests than those who consumed water or juice.

"What we ingest into our body, even acutely, can impact how we think," Hawkins said.

Operating on the belief that baseline levels of glucose regulation could affect outcomes, those with the healthiest fasting glucose levels were separated from those with higher fasting glucose levels. Those in the healthiest range who drank water or juice showed faster reaction time but poorer accuracy. …

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