Hot Weather Affects Brian Function: Finds Luskin Researcher Featured in Washington Post and NPR Stories

Hot Weather Affects Brian Function: Finds Luskin Researcher Featured in Washington Post and NPR Stories

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Wed, 07/18/2018 - 4:59pm

A study by R. Jisung Park, assistant professor of public policy and Luskin Center scholar, is cited in the online story that accompanies a recent NPR “Morning Edition” piece about the impact of hot weather on brain function. Compared with a 72-degree day, “taking an exam on a 90◦F day leads to a 10.9 percent lower likelihood of passing a particular subject (e.g. Algebra), which in turn affects probability of graduation,” according to Park. The same quote, plus additional information from the study, is included in a data-driven story by the Washington Post headlined, “Heat Makes You Dumb, in Four Charts.”

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Finds Luskin Researcher Featured in Washington Post and NPR Stories

A study by R. Jisung Park, assistant professor of public policy and Luskin Center scholar, is cited in the online story that accompanies a recent NPR “Morning Edition” piece about the impact of hot weather on brain function. Compared with a 72-degree day, “taking an exam on a 90◦F day leads to a 10.9 percent lower likelihood of passing a particular subject (e.g.