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Re^2: coding under the influence

by robin (Chaplain)
on Dec 30, 2005 at 21:20 UTC ( #520068=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: coding under the influence
in thread coding under the influence

Surprisingly, there is evidence that nicotine really does improve performance on information processing tasks. For example. the paper Selective effects of nicotine on attentional processes (Psychopharmacology 146(2), 1999) begins as follows:

There is strong evidence that nicotine facilitates some types of information processing (Edwards et al. 1985; Warburton 1990; Sherwood 1993; Heishman et al. 1994),and that this effect does not result from a reversal effect of a withdrawal-induced deficit (Wesnes and Warburton 1984; Le Houezec et al. 1994; Warburton and Arnall 1994; Foulds et al. 1996). However, the specific nature of the nicotine-induced improvements on information processing has proved more difficult to specify.
The paper goes on to describe a study that, in the authors' view, supports the hypothesis that nicotine achieves these benefits by increasing the intensity of attention.

Of course I wouldn't recommend smoking, because of the well-known risks, but it's not impossible that it would help your coding in the short-to-medium term.

Disclosure: I am a nicotine addict. I don't smoke though; I use snus (which appears to be the safest tobacco product around, but is of course not without risk).


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