Brain freeze: outdoor cold and indoor cognitive performance

Cook, Nikolai and Heyes, Anthony (2020) Brain freeze: outdoor cold and indoor cognitive performance. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. a102318. ISSN 0095-0696

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We present first evidence that outdoor cold temperatures negatively impact indoor cognitive performance. We use a within-subject design and a large-scale dataset of adults in an incentivized setting. The performance decrement is large despite the subjects working in a fully climate-controlled environment. Using secondary data, we find evidence of partial adaptation at the organizational, individual and biological levels. The results are interpreted in the context of climate models that observe and predict an increase in the frequency of very cold days in some locations (e.g. Chicago) and a decrease in others (e.g. Beijing).

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Depositing User: Anthony Heyes
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2020 07:09
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2021 01:00

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