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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-14

Testing of stimulant effects of coffee on the psychomotor performance: an exercise in clinical pharmacology



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An exercise in clinical pharmacology is proposed in this article for involving 3rd year medical students to experience and observe the effects of coffee on psychomotor performance.Control scores for psychomotor performance were obtained by administering digit letter substitution test (DLST) and six letter cancellation test (SLCT) to 50 medical students. Hot drink without coffee was served to 25 students (group A, placebo group) and hot drink with coffee (2.5 gm/125 ml) to the remaining students (group B). After 30 min of hot drink administration the tests were readministered to both the groups using parallel worksheets. There was a significant increase In the scores of both the tests following coffee administration indicating stimulant effect of coffee on psychomotor functions






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