A few days ago I submitted a title and abstract for a talk to be given at the November 2007 meeting of the Psychonomic Society, a group of experimental psychologists:
Rapid Effects Of Omega-3 Fats On Brain Function
I measured the effect of omega-3 fats on my brain by comparing flaxseed oil (high in omega-3) with other plant fats (low in omega-3) and with nothing. Flaxseed oil improved my balance, increased my speed in a memory-scanning task and in simple arithmetic problems, and increased my digit span. The first three effects were very clear, t > 6. The effects of flaxseed oil wore off in a few days and appeared at full strength within a day of resumption. The best dose was at least 3 tablespoons/day, much more than most flaxseed-oil recommendations. Supporting results come from three other subjects. Because the brain is more than half fat, it is plausible that type of dietary fat affects how well it works. The most interesting feature of these results is the speed and clarity of the improvement. The tools of experimental psychology may be used to determine the optimal mix of fats for the brain with unusual clarity.
If I ever made a time line for my life, this submission would be one of the events.
Directory of my omega-3 posts.