15-Jan-14 1:00 PM  CST

Johns Hopkins Study Finds Caffeine Produces Memory Enhancement

Millions of individuals consume caffeine daily and many depend on their caffeine fix to get them through the day.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 90% of people consume caffeine worldwide and 80% of people consume caffeine on a daily basis.  For years there have been studies conducted on the effects of the substance on memory, but no study, up until now, has delved deep enough into the subject.  Recently, researchers at Johns Hopkins University completed an in-depth study concerning the effects of caffeine on memory enhancement.  The study was recently published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.  Researchers have discovered that caffeine can enhance memory in certain individuals for at least 24 hours after the person has consumed their favorite caffeinated soda, coffee, tea, or other beverage containing the potent stimulant. 

            Michael Yassa, Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University recently commented on his teams new findings.  “We’ve always known that caffeine has cognitive-enhancing effects, but its particular effects on strengthening memories and making them resistant to forgetting has never been examined in detail in humans.  We report for the first time a specific effect of caffeine on reducing forgetting over 24 hours,” said Yassa. 

            Pharmacy technicians often work long shifts and may rely on caffeine to keep them going.  What is your favorite caffeinated drink of choice?  Do you depend on caffeine to keep you focused and on your toes at work? 




1.   Johns Hopkins University Reports.  “Caffeine Has Positive Effect On Memory.”  Jhu.edu.  Web.  Date of Access:  13 Jan 2014. 


2.  Wood, Janice.  “New Research Finds Caffeine Enhances Memory.”  PsychCentral.com.  Web.  12 Jan 2014. 



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