Monday, June 20, 2016
A boring, dirty workplace may make you stupid
It has been known for a while that chemicals at work can affect mental decline, but this is saying intangibles can also matter.
Now, they are saying that mold, lead, or noise can indeed affect brain power--but so can an unstimulating environment. (J of Occupational and Environmental Medicine)
The team looked at data from the Midlife in the United States study. They found:
--Greater occupational complexity--new skills, new challenges--resulted in greater cognitive performance for women as they aged.
--Both men and women exposed to a dirty environment saw a cognitive decline.
Cognitive decline was judged by looking at ability to maintain and use information the subjects learned and their executive functioning skills such as completing tasks, managing time, and paying attention.
So clean up the joint and provide all workers some learning and decision-making opportunities.