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Good Posture Enhances Performance

A study by a team of researchers from San Francisco State University, USA, says that students do better at maths exams when they sit with their backs erect. According to Erik Peper, a professor of health education, slumped-over positions retard brain functioning, thereby rendering the brain incapable of processing information.

For the study, the researchers tested 125 college students and asked them to subtract the number seven from 843 sequentially for 15 seconds. The researchers asked the students to do the test either by sitting up straight with their shoulders and back relaxed or by slumping over a table.

Before undertaking the test, students were asked to fill a questionnaire, which required them to rate their anxiety levels while taking exams, especially a maths exam. The study concluded that 56% of students found it easier to solve the problem when they were seated in an upright position.
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