What Is Coffee Goggles? We heard this news all over the web, but do we know the meaning of this?
Well, coffee goggle is what happens to your brain and body when you drink coffee, you feel more focus, preppy, alive, and feel better about the person you are talking to according, to a new study.
“We see coffee being served in many meetings but found very little research on how coffee might affect group dynamics,” Vasa Unnava, an author on the study, told psypost.org. “Most research is about how coffee affects an individual.”
If you noticed every time you drink coffee it makes you have a greater appreciation for your company and, this may explain why we get along with our co-workers. Isn’t it strange why we get along with them even we have a different culture? Why we’re comfortable hanging out with them during coffee breaks?
According to the study, coffee goggles improve your perception of others.
A group of researchers conducted an experiment with 134 participants of coffee-drinking college students, divided into two groups discussing Occupy Wall Street for 15 minutes. Researchers found the participants who were instructed to consume caffeinated coffee before the discussion was better at focusing on the topic at hand. The results were published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
“The study was conducted using people who consume coffee regularly,” Unnava explained. “For these people, it looks like coffee does make them feel more alert, focuses their thinking on the topic or task at hand, and has them participate more in group tasks. So, if you are a coffee drinker, it looks like coffee helps you do better in group tasks.”
Thought the study has positive feedback making the people who consumed caffeine more alert than the other group, but the study has some caveats.
“A major caveat is that our coffee drinkers came to the study after staying away from coffee for a few hours,” Unnava told PsyPost. “So, we do not know if the coffee they consumed in the study increased their alertness or it is the decreased alertness in those who consumed decaffeinated coffee that caused the effects reported in the study.”
“Second, we used a topic that the participants generally agreed on. What the results might be if there is disagreement is an interesting issue to study further. Finally, we used only one type of task – group discussion. How coffee may affect people’s performance in other kinds of tasks (e.g., group problem solving, group physical work) is not known.”
The study, “Coffee with co-workers: role of caffeine on evaluations of the self and others in group settings“, was authored by Vasu Unnava, Amit Surendra Singh, and H. Rao Unnava.