Breakfast is associated with enhanced cognitive function in schoolchildren. An internet based study

Keith A. Wesnes, Claire Pincock, Andrew Scholey

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In this study, 1386 children aged between 6 and 16. years, from schools throughout the UK, logged on to a web site before lunch during Farmhouse Breakfast Week 2004. They answered a number of questions concerning their food and drink consumption that day and performed cognitive tests of attention and episodic memory. Children who had had breakfast showed superior performance on tests of attention and memory, confirming a previous laboratory based study using the same cognitive tests. This study adds weight to the growing body of literature indicating that breakfast plays a positive role in maintaining cognitive function during the morning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)646-649
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention
  • Breakfast
  • CDR system
  • Children
  • Computerised cognitive assessment
  • Episodic memory
  • Internet testing

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