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86 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 08 October 2012 08:01AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 08 October 2012 08:49:24AM 4 points [-]

About the same as drinking a cup of coffee - i.e., it works as a perker-upper, somehow. I'm not sure, since it doesn't do anything for me except possibly mitigate foot cramps.

Comment author: V_V 08 October 2012 11:28:50AM *  0 points [-]

Might be just placebo effect.

I don't have a reference at hand, but I recall hearing of a study where they gave the same sport drink to two groups of atletes and then measured their performances. Researchers told one group that they were testing a new, high quality super-duper sport drink, while they told the other group that it was a somewhat subpar product. Guess what happened to the performances of the two groups?