In a test, volunteers who inspired deep before starting an activity hit more than the ones that expired or ignored breathing control.
Breathing deeply before a task will help you do it.
The sports fans are used to seeing athletes deep breath before taking some actions, like charging a penalty during a football match, for example.
But the tactic may also work in other activities outside of the sport: in a new study, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel show that breathing in before performing specific tasks can help people do them.
In the research published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the group describes three experiments they performed with volunteers who were given the task of examining some forms on a computer screen, determining whether such an arrangement could indeed exist in the real world.
Each participant was monitored by a device that sensed the passage of air through the nose – inhaling or exhaling.
The volunteers pressed a button to start a round of images.
When comparing the data from the nasal detectors with the scores of the volunteers, the researchers found that those who inhaled before performing their task had on average 73% hits, while those who exhaled scored an average of 68%.
The same test was performed with another group of volunteers, but without the use of the button, with each round being initiated by the scientists themselves.
In the experiment, no differences were observed in the test results or in the score the volunteers had to report whether a word was real or not, rather than a form.
At another time, the first experiment was repeated with the second group, which was monitored with electroencephalography (EEG), a method that is used to record the electrical activity of the brain.
The analysis showed a change in brainwave activity when volunteers inhaled before performing a task, which is a sign that the mind is becoming more focused and increasing awareness of what is about to happen.