The next time you conduct a training session, consider serving coffee after the meeting, not before.

A study out of Johns Hopkins University suggests that consuming caffeine after a learning experience aids the transition of new information into memory.

In the study, subjects engaged in an exercise involving image classification. Afterwards, one group received a dose of caffeine while the other received a placebo. Twenty-four hours later, subjects were asked to recall the images from the previous day’s study.

The participants who received caffeine significantly outperformed the placebo group, leading researchers to conclude that caffeine delivered after new information is provided enhances the brain’s ability to solidify that information in its long-term memory.

Source: Borota, D., et al. (2014). Post-study caffeine administration enhances memory consolidation in humans. Nature Neuroscience. doi:10.1038/nn.3623.

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