Science Brain Myth

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What is the myth?

If gum affects your brain which helps with the athletic abilities

Where did the myth come from?

This myth came from sports

Why does it matter that this myth exists? (Moral, ethical, social, environmental, political, cultural, OR economic issue?)

This myth has been found by sports players who started chewing gum and played better.

What is a better, current theory about the working of the brain?

Myth isn’t true because it is scientifically proven that chewing gum increases your concentration which increase your athletic abilities.


What does chewing gum do?

It keeps your mouth moving which makes your brain active. Also it improves heart rate, blood pressure, calms you down, and it draws blood to your brain. Gum chewing increases the level of activity in the frontal lobe of the brain, making the brain more alert and increasing cognitive functions. General levels of caution and arousal levels, which shows the degree of reaction and shortens the body’s response time. A quicker response time means quicker movement and action in the fast-movement muscles, giving players advantage on the field. Chewing gum gives athletes the ability to run slightly faster and jump slightly higher due to concentration. Chewing gum also decreases adrenaline, which reduces stress; factor that also affect performance.


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