The Real Secret to Genius? Reading Between the Lines


In October of 2012, Dr. Franz Messerli, a cardiologist, published “Chocolate Consumption, Cognitive Function, and Nobel Laureates” in the Occasional Notes section of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) regarding the association between a country’s chocolate consumption and its rate of Nobel prize winners. This research article presents a formal argument as to why chocolate is hypothesized to improve cognitive function in people and establishes the number of Nobel laureates per capita as a surrogate for population-level cognitive function.

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  1. The kg consumption of chocolate has a correlation with the income percapita, investment in science per capita, and other approaches to the industrial countries etc. Well i would like to see the data to talk about it, but at first side sound a little bit tricky.

    Let´s remember association, specially in observations, don´t mean causation.

    Kind regards,


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