In a classic study that appeared in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D., and Director of Undergraduate Research at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV, concluded that athletic performance was improved in a controlled environment infused with peppermint odor. "Forty athletes undertook a series of physical tasks under conditions of no-odor or peppermint odor. The peppermint odor condition resulted in increased running speed, hand grip strength, and number of push-ups." Similar studies have shown that popping a mint while driving or taking a test can increase alertness.
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