Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gaba in a Can?

This post on Mind Hacks discusses a new drink called "JonesGABA" that claims to increase "focus and clarity" because it contains small amounts of the neurotransmitter GABA. The post briefly describes why we (and our students) should be skeptical about the claim: the blood-brain barrier and the company's fairly weak study supporting their claim. This could be a good, engaging critical thinking exercise for students during the Bio unit (especially if you can get a can of JonesGABA to bring into class!)

1 comment:

Steve said...

On a related Jones Soda note, look for their special flavor sodas which you could throw in as a surprise during a sensation/perception unit "taste test." Yes, these is the company that in 2004 released the limited edition "drinkable Thanksgiving dinner 5-pack with Turkey & Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry, Mashed Potatoes with Butter, and Fruitcake. They also released a Hanukkah assortment in December (Latke, Applesauce, Chocolate Coins, and Jelly Doughnut flavors).

--Steve JONES
(who can't believe Rob "stole" this post from him!)