The Effects of Food Deprivation on Concentration and Perseverance of Students

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THE EFFECTS OF FOOD DEPRIVATION ON

CONCENTRATION AND PERSEVERANCE OF STUDENTS Karlo F. Vertucio
Pateros Catholic School

EFFECTS OF FOOD DEPRIVATION 2 ABSTRACT

This paper examined the effects of short-term food deprivation on two cognitive abilities

—concentration and perseverance. For this purpose, we used surveys, researches and

tests to come up with a firm result of the case. Students (N-30) were tested on both a

concentration task and a
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To date, no study has tested perseverance, despite its importance in cognitive functioning. In fact, perseverance may be a better indicator than achievement tests in assessing growth in learning and thinking abilities, as perseverance helps in solving complex problems.(Costa, 1984). Another study also recognized that perseverance, better learning techniques, and effort are cognitions worth studying (D’Agostino,1996). Testing as many aspects of cognition as possible is key because the nature of the task is important when interpreting the link between food deprivation and cognitive performance (Smith & Kendrick, 1992) . Therefore, the current study helps us understand how short-term food deprivation affects concentration on and perseverance with a difficult task. Specifically, participants deprived of food for 24 hours were expected to perform worse on a concentration test and a perseverance task than those deprived for 12 hours, who in turn were predicted to perform worse than those who were not deprived of food.

EFFECTS OF FOOD DEPRIVATION