Research Project Title

The Cognitive Effects of an Acute Dose of Dark Chocolate on the Deary-Liewald Four Choice Reaction Time Test

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

Cocoa beans have been widely studied for their improvements to the cardiovascular and nervous systems due to their high flavanol content. Cocoa flavanols have been found to improve neural function through increased vasodilation of cerebral blood vessels, angiogenesis, and neurogenesis. This experiment sought to test the effects of a single serving of dark chocolate on the cognitive performance of college age students using the Deary-Liewald Four Choice Reaction Time Test. When comparing 0% white chocolate and 70% dark chocolate groups there was an 8.66ms difference in reaction time (n=21,p=0.388). Both groups averaged 2 mistakes per participant (n=19,p= 0.899). It was found that there was no significant difference between reaction time or number of mistakes when participants consumed either dark chocolate or white chocolate.

Session Number

PS3

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS3-l

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The Cognitive Effects of an Acute Dose of Dark Chocolate on the Deary-Liewald Four Choice Reaction Time Test

HUB Multipurpose Room

Cocoa beans have been widely studied for their improvements to the cardiovascular and nervous systems due to their high flavanol content. Cocoa flavanols have been found to improve neural function through increased vasodilation of cerebral blood vessels, angiogenesis, and neurogenesis. This experiment sought to test the effects of a single serving of dark chocolate on the cognitive performance of college age students using the Deary-Liewald Four Choice Reaction Time Test. When comparing 0% white chocolate and 70% dark chocolate groups there was an 8.66ms difference in reaction time (n=21,p=0.388). Both groups averaged 2 mistakes per participant (n=19,p= 0.899). It was found that there was no significant difference between reaction time or number of mistakes when participants consumed either dark chocolate or white chocolate.