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Expectation of having consumed caffeine can improve performance and mood

By Lynne Dawkins, Fatima-Zahra Shahzad, Suada S. Ahmed and Caroline J. Edmonds

Abstract

We explored whether caffeine, and expectation of having consumed caffeine, affects attention, reward responsivity and mood using double-blinded methodology. 88 participants were randomly allocated to ‘drink-type’ (caffeinated/decaffeinated coffee) and ‘expectancy’ (told caffeinated/told decaffeinated coffee) manipulations. Both caffeine and expectation of having consumed caffeine improved attention and psychomotor speed. Expectation enhanced self-reported vigour and reward responsivity. Self-reported depression increased at post-drink for all participants, but less in those receiving or expecting caffeine. These results suggest caffeine expectation can affect mood and performance but do not support a synergistic effect

Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:roar.uel.ac.uk:1347

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