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The aroma of chocolate stimulates and calms

The aroma of chocolate has a distracting, and at the same time calming, effect on people. Furthermore, it is suggested that increased brain activity occurs. The aroma of chocolate suppresses the so-called theta-waves, which are linked to alertness. The more one exerts oneself, the more theta-waves the brain produces. The aroma of chocolate also causes increased alpha and beta activity. Alpha activity is observed mainly in people who are at rest but indeed awake. Beta activity arises chiefly when one is involved in such things as mental arithmatic.

Neil Martin, Neuro-Psychologist, Middlesex University, London