Should children drink more water? The effects of drinking water on cognition in children
Edmonds, C. and Burford, Denise 2009. Should children drink more water? The effects of drinking water on cognition in children. Appetite. 52 (3), pp. 776-779.
|Authors||Edmonds, C. and Burford, Denise|
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).
|Keywords||Hydration; Children; Drinking water; Cognition|
|Journal citation||52 (3), pp. 776-779|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2009.02.010|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||17 Dec 2009|
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