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Self-experimenter Richard Sprague says fish oil made him smarter
Inspired by Seth Roberts, he tracked his responses to it:

“Brain Reaction Time” (BRT) is a four-minute test that I give myself within an hour after waking up every morning......The BRT resembles what psychologists call a “vigilence test”, which airline pilots and others in stressful situations can take to see if they’re fit for service.

I occasionally take one or two Kirkland signature brand fish pills in the morning, and of all the different things I track, I was surprised that something so simple could have such an obvious effect....

He says he noted a decrease when he stopped taking it. Also, that the point isn't whether it can proved scientifically, but to find other food/supplements that do something similar. Is this the downside of the data-based health movement?

asked Feb 23, 2015 by raintree

The sleep graph doesn't show a difference because he shit his matlab cake.

Also doesn't look like he controls for any kind of placebo effect and given that he's testing stuff that an ordinary person would think may effect reaction time, it's not too surprising that it then does.

This thread contained some good ideas on the seeming intelligence boost from DHA

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a four-minute test that I give myself within an hour after waking up every morning

Anyone who does this is insane and I'm uninterested in their thoughts on much of anything.

answered Feb 23, 2015 by 4a552f55cbb9

Could it be that it increased stress hormones, putting him in a more alert state that could respond to reaction tests better? I mean, adrenaline and shit can trigger crazy fight or flight response, but it's not like its a desirable state to be in...

Dave Aspie also can't seem to function well in these tests without his Modafinil. Dat state of high performance (drug addiction).

answered Feb 23, 2015 by PeatNoob

Feels... good sleeping two hours guys... seriously. Please buy my Coffee MCT Enema Oil‚Ñ¢ (no mycotoxins detected!)

Yea, those tests aren't going to give any meaningful data, seeing all the possible confounding variables. Seth Roberts, Dave Asprey, etc. are all super reductionist and kind of autistic in their approach toward self-experimentation and their understanding of health in general. You can't just input fish oil pill, output "moar smart brainz!!!". Its just way more complicated than that. But...people want a simple answer, even if its the wrong one.

answered Mar 2, 2015 by hazmatt