Study: Heatwaves mess up your cognitive power

Jul 16, 2018, 8:08 AM EDT
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A new study signals that a growing frequency of blistering heatwaves due to climate change may be as tormenting to our ability to think quickly and clearly as to our physical wellbeing.

The researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted an experiment during a heatwave in Boston in 2016 and found that volunteers exposed to sweltering heat took 13 percent longer to respond to questions and displayed 13 percent less accuracy compared to others, notes Mental Floss.

This is the first study that examined the impact of heat on cognitive functions in a “real setting, in real life,” with young, healthy individuals forming the test group instead of vulnerable populations such as elderly, sick, or very young people, reports Motherboard.

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