Edmonds, Caroline J. and Burford, Denise (2009) ‘Should children drink more water? The effects of drinking water on cognition in children’, Appetite, 52(3), pp. 776-779. (doi:10.1016/j.appet.2009.02.010).
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While dehydration has well-documented negative effects on adult cognition, there is little research on hydration and cognitive performance in children. We investigated whether having a drink of water improved children's performance on cognitive tasks. Fifty-eight children aged 7–9 years old were randomly allocated to a group that received additional water or a group that did not. Results showed that children who drank additional water rated themselves as significantly less thirsty than the comparison group (p = 0.002), and they performed better on visual attention tasks (letter cancellation, p = 0.02; spot the difference memory tasks, ps = 0.019 and 0.014).
|Divisions:||Schools > Psychology, School of > Institute for Research in Child Development|
|Additional Information:||Citation: Edmonds, C.J. & Burford, D. (2009). ‘Should children drink more water? The effects of drinking water on cognition in children’, Appetite 52 (3) 776-779.|
|Date Deposited:||17 Dec 2009 09:13|
|Creators:||Edmonds, Caroline J. and Burford, Denise|
|Last Modified:||19 Aug 2013 13:18|
|Depositing User:||Stephen Grace|