Butter Mind

Objective

Butter Mind will test the hypothesis that butter improves math performance/reaction times. This study will mimic Seth Roberts' experience eating butter daily and testing himself using a simple 32-problem quiz. This study will look at two additional groups: coconut oil eaters and a control group. All groups will perform the math quiz ("Daily Math").

Description

Will Butter Make You Smarter? Introducing Butter Mind...and Coconut Mind Will eating one of these fats improve your math performance? Based on Seth Roberts' butter and math study, recently presented at a Bay Area Quantified Self Show & Tell, during which Seth ate half a stick of butter each day and performed better in math, we expect the answer to be yes.

Seth was able to reduce his time by 30 milliseconds. Will others who try a similar experiment experience the same change?

This study is meant to mimic Seth Roberts' study, with the addition of a coconut oil group. Many thanks to Seth for his advice and help getting this started!

Additional details:
  • Results will be statistically analyzed, hacked and visualized (and new studies brainstormed) during Science Hack Day, November 13-14, Institute for the Future. You can join for the Science Hack Day portion only by registering here.
  • New results will be posted to the QS blog throughout the study
  • Interested participants will receive a form requesting data on lifestyle factors at some point during the study. Participation is optional but there will be prizes!

Inclusion Criteria

To qualify for the study, you must be willing to eat 4TBS of butter or coconut oil (sticking to the same one) - or nothing extra - for 7 days and do a 32 problem simple math test for 21 days. You must have access to the internet to take the daily math quiz.

Exclusion Criteria

None
  • Participants will be randomly selected to be in the Butter, Coconut Oil, or Control group
  • The study will take place for 21 days - from Oct 23 - Nov 12
  • The study will be divided into 3 sets of 7 days
    • Part I. Oct 23 - 29: Perform simple math quiz daily + No additional fats
    • Part II. Oct 30 - Nov 5: "Fat." Perform simple math quiz daily + Butter OR Coconut Oil. For Controls, just the quiz.
    • Part III. Nov 6 - 12: Perform simple math quiz daily + No additional fats
  • Non-control participants will ingest 4 Tablespoons of either Butter or Coconut Oil during the "Fat" portion of the study

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gbiggers

gbiggers Hi @KennyBruse, if you are interested in this study, you might want to join the follow up study, Butter Mind 3 < http://genomera.com/studies/butter-mind-3-cognitive-effects-of-butter>

gbiggers

gbiggers Note: we changed the name of the new follow-on butter study. You can find it here if you'd like to participate: http://genomera.com/studies/butter-mind-3-cognitive-effects-of-butter

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