Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It delivers various health benefits to us. Now according to new study, not only coffee but is also beneficial. The study claims, If you love the fragrance of coffee, there are high chances of better performance in analytical tasks.
According to the study, smelling a coffee-like scent -- which has no caffeine in it -- has an effect similar to that of drinking coffee, suggesting a placebo effect of coffee scent. The findings also suggested that the scent of coffee alone may help people perform better on the analytical portion of the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) -- a computer adaptive test required by many business schools.
co-author Adriana Madzharov from the Stevens Institute of Technology in the US said, It`s not just that the coffee-like scent helped people perform better on analytical tasks, which was already interesting. But they also thought they would do better, and we demonstrated that this expectation was at least partly responsible for their improved performance.
The research team administered a 10-question GMAT algebra test in a computer lab to about 100 undergraduate business students. The researchers found that the group in the coffee-smelling room scored significantly higher on the test. The results suggest that expectations about performance can be explained by beliefs that coffee scent alone makes people more alert and energetic.