Friday Factoid: Cool Beans, Drinking Coffee with Coworkers Improves Group Participation

Move over water cooler talk and bring in the coffee break. Research with 72 undergraduates demonstrated that caffeinated beverages improve one’s views on those around us. These research participants were separated into two groups where one half had a “coffee tasting” before reading and discussing a controversial political topic, while the other half discussed the topic before having a coffee tasting. Those who had a caffeinated beverage beforehand rated their co-discussants and themselves in a more positive manner and were more willing to participate in the group activity compared with those who had the “coffee break” after the discussion. It was theorized that the positive impact of these moderately caffeinated coffees was moderated by a sense of increased level of alertness as those given decaffeinated coffee were less likely to rate their co-discussants as positively.

Unnava, V., Sing, A.S., & Unnava, H. R. (2018). Coffee with co-workers: Role of caffeine on evaluations of the self and others in group settings Journal of Psychopharmacology DOI: 10.1177/0269881118760665

Andrew Goebel, MS, LPA (Temp)
WKPIC Doctoral Intern

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