THE INFLUENCE OF ENERGY DRINKS ON REACTIVITY TO MULTIPLE STIMULY - A PILOT STUDY
DAISY MONALISA GRANSCA, MIHAI ANITEI
University of Bucharest,
Department of Psychology
The experimental study represents a pilot study focused on highlighting the influence of energy drinks consumption (1000mg taurine) on reactivity to multiple stimuli. The stimuli are visual colures and auditory signals. Method: The participants are 60 undergraduate students at psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Bucharest, age between 19 and 22 years old (M=20.48; 0.76), rural and urban area. Instruments and materials: DT test (Vienna Tests System, 2012) and energy drinks with 1000mg taurine for each portion. Dependent variables are: correct reactions, incorrect reactions and omitted reactions. Results: Applying T student statistical test for mean differences the statistical hypotheses were confirmed (p<0.05). Furthermore, the experimental group with 1000 mg taurine consume obtained a number of correct, incorrect and omitted reactions statistically significant lower than the control group. Conclusions: Consuming energy drinks with taurine may offer a powerful sensation of energy on one side, but on the other side may reduce the cognitive capacity of the brain, attention to the visual and auditory stimuli measured by the number of correct reactions to visual and auditory stimuli.
Cuvinte cheie: stimuli vizuali, stimuli auditivi, băuturi energizante, număr de reacţii corecte, număr de reacţii incorecte.
Keywords: visual stimuli, auditory stimuli, energy drinks, number of correct reactions, number of incorrect reactions.
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