Thursday, December 01, 2005
Coffee Improves Memory....wait, what was I writing about?
When you're wasting your time reading the almost daily report about a new science breakthrough, you can save yourself a lot of time by this simple model: Read through the first and second paragraphs, then read the last section in the story. You'll quickly learn to just skip the whole process and save yourself from being exposed to so much junk science.
Today's example in NewScientist.com:
First and second paragraphs:
Coffee improves short-term memory and speeds up reaction times by acting on the brainÂs prefrontal cortex, according to a new study.
Researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to determine how coffee activates different areas of the brain in 15 volunteers.
Well, if you know anything about science, you already know that a mere 15 volunteers is NOT science. No matter, the real money quote about the nonsense most always comes late in this type of "news", as this one proves :
KoppelstÃetter stresses that the study is preliminary and that he has yet to discover how long the memory effects last or what other effects coffee has on brain function.
.....SO WHY DO THEY PRINT THIS CRAP?????