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Stuffy offices can halve cognitive scores

The best way to tackle a tough task at work may be to crack a window and breathe deep.

Compared with inhaling fresh air, gulping down the stale air found in conventional office buildings can stifle cognitive function by half, researchers report in Environmental Health Perspectives. The finding suggests that improving the performance, productivity, and health of many office workers could be done with just a fresh breeze.

With climate controlled school buildings becoming more popular, I wonder if any school will increase the amount of fresh air brought into the building. Does the increase in performance and productivity outweigh the environmental costs?


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