coffee makes you hear voices?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by KristyHall, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 27, 2011
    North Alabama
    this made me laugh. I don't know why but I find this article soooo funny

    Too much coffee makes you hear voices, study suggests

    PHIL NOBLE / Reuters
    Coffee makes you hear voices that aren't there. Wait, who said that?!
    By Melissa Dahl
    If you're hearing voices in your head, you may want to cut back on the caffeine. A recent Australian study showed a link between heavy coffee consumption, stress -- and auditory hallucinations.
    Here's what happened: The volunteers listened to white noise played through a computer's headphones for three minutes. Every time they heard even a snippet of Bing Crosby's White Christmas, they were told to press a hand tally counter. (They weren't aware of the real point of the study -- they were told it was about auditory perception.)
    The song was never played. But the participants who said they were very stressed, and very caffeinated -- those who regularly drank five or more cups per day, at 200 milligrams of caffeine each -- were more likely to imagine they'd heard it.
    "We believe that high stress, in addition to taking high levels of caffeine, makes people yet more stressed and thus makes them more likely to 'overreact' to the environment -- i.e., to hear things that just aren’t there," explains Simon Crowe, the lead author of the study and a neuroscientist at Australia's La Trobe University, located in Bundoora, Victoria. The report was published in the April issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences
    It's worth noting here that there are some limitations to the study: The levels of stress and caffeine consumption were both self-reported by the 92 volunteers who participated in the experiment. And what if, somehow, the caffeine-stressball combo made participants more eager to try to please the researchers -- yes, of course we heard the song! It's lovely, isn't it?!
    Then again, maybe that's just what the voices in my head are telling me.
    How much caffeine do you consume each day?
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    I don't drink that much coffee.

    I'll be sure to serve my guests really strong coffee the next time I want them to fear that they are going insane.
  3. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    only good coffee
  4. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Well that explains why I argue with myself.... [​IMG]

    No, I drink one cup in the morning and that's it. Unless I'm traveling and driving a long drive, then I may stop and get one, but that's rare.
  5. WickedNerd

    WickedNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    North Alabama
    Awwww.....You mean the voices don't just talk to me? Darn, I thought I was special...[​IMG]

    Well, I suppose the high amount of caffeine would explain why I'll fuss at the equipment when I'm working 3rd shift. I don't think I'm hearing voices...but it would give me an excuse for nagging the computer to work correctly while I'm fixing it.
  6. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 23, 2010
    You mean you aren't SUPPOSED to hear the voices in your head?

    I don't even drink coffee...yucky stuff.

    But those voices....they've led me into trouble a few times.
  7. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    The kinfolk and I were discussing how odd some coffee smells when brewing. Makes me wonder what exactly some companies put in their grounds as filler.

    I worked for a vet once who was into natural gardening, and she would throw her used coffee grounds out in the garden. A few months later she had a nice stand of bamboo where here garden should have been.

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