Worried that going out may make your work or studies suffer? Well, according to a new study “people who engaged in social interaction displayed higher levels of cognitive performance than the control group. Social interaction aided intellectual performance.”

The authors of the study think that the act of spontaneous conversation between people actually helps to stimulate the brain and provide very real benefits in your thinking. They speculate that social interaction “exercises” cognitive processes that are measured on intellectual tasks. “It is possible,” the authors conclude, “that as people engage socially and mentally with others, they receive relatively immediate cognitive boosts.”

Just don’t think that spending the night in the pub before an exam is better than studying.