A new study by Harvard researchers found students without air conditioning showed 13% longer reaction times on tests
If you feel like having to work during a heatwave should be banned, you may have a point. A new study conducted by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health suggests that hot weather can make your thinking 13% slower.
The study, published on Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine, examined cognitive performance during a 2016 Boston heatwave among students who lived in buildings without air conditioning versus those who had it. Researchers found that students without air conditioning demonstrated about a 13% longer reaction time on cognitive tests compared with students who had AC. Not only were the students who had air conditioning faster in their responses, they were also more accurate.