As many schoolchildren – students and office workers suffering in the hot weather will testify – heatwaves really do fry your brain – a study has confirmed.
Harvard University scientists tracked students through a hot spell and examined the performance of individuals living in air-conditioned dormitories compared to those sweltering away in hot rooms.
They found participants from hotter buildings performed worse in problem solving and memory tests compared to those with air conditioning.
Data from this study and other experiments suggests humans work best at an optimum temperature and the researchers recommended the roll-out of sustainable air conditioning systems wherever possible.
‘This applies to kids in schools – office workers – and often we find that temperature levels are too hot because there is no air conditioning’ Dr Jose Guillermo Cedeno-Laurent – who led the study – told The Independent.