- Chewing gum and caffeine when used independently and concurrently increase neural activity ultimately improving reaction time but less is known about how caffeinated gum influences distinct phases of the reaction time response.
- Physically active college females (n=14) completed a 60-second reaction time test on a visuomotor board under the following counterbalanced conditions: 1) Baseline, 2) Non-caffeinated gum, 3) Caffeinated gum (300 mg caffeine).
- Point of application #1: Chewing gum improved premotor reaction time compared to baseline, but caffeine did not provide additional benefit.
- Point of application #2: Neither non-caffeinated nor caffeinated gum improved motor reaction times from baseline.
- Point of application #3: Chewing gum improved overall reaction time compared to baseline, but caffeine did not provide additional benefit.
- Keywords: Chewing, Visuomotor, Visual processing
Holliday, Ashton E.; Wells, Maelee A.; Rogers, Rebecca R.; Pederson, Joseph A.; Williams, Tyler; and Ballmann, Christopher G.
"Effects of Caffeinated and Non-Caffeinated Gum on Premotor, Motor, and Overall Reaction Time,"
Topics in Exercise Science and Kinesiology: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/scholarship_kin/vol1/iss2/7