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The Carbon Dioxide in a Crowded Room Can Make You Dumber

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Although conventional wisdom has held that the concentration of carbon  dioxide needed to slow cognition is much higher than the amount we encounter on  a regular basis, a study published last month in Environmental  Health Perspectives suggests that the collective carbon  dioxide exhaled by all the people around you might cause you to think more  slowly.

When researchers from SUNY  Upstate Medical University and the Lawrence  Berkeley National Laboratory put 24 healthy young adults in an enclosed room  and tested their decision-making ability at different levels of carbon dioxide  concentration routinely experienced in crowded rooms, they found that the  participants’ performance declined significantly.

Read more:  http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2012/10/the-carbon-dioxide-in-a-crowded-room-can-actually-make-you-dumber/#ixzz2LyFhKlRb Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

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February 26, 2013 at 3:08 am

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