Children exposed to elevated levels of air pollution may be more likely to have poor inhibitory control during late childhood and poor academic skills in early adolescence, including spelling, reading comprehension, and math skills

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Couldn’t this be more correlation than causation? Where is air pollution worse on average? In the same places where education is worse, right? (such as inner cities) Not doubting that air pollution is bad for *everyone’s* brains but the schools are certainly worse in areas that have more air pollution along with the families enrolled likely being of a lower social class on average, which is known to be bad for pretty much everything related to growing as a human.

helptlou

Hard to evaluate the validity of these claims. I have zero faith in public health “research.” 200 participants seems like quite a small n especially if you are measuring hard to quantity things like “poor inhibitory control.” Also participants came from the Bronx and Manhattan, would love to see what socioeconomic and nutritional controls they did.

wlfpck311

Yes, sick people have more problems in studying. Even if sickness is relatively “weak.”

A_Stahl

It’s the lead theory! Generations exposed to lead in the air via gasoline are more aggressive and have less impulse control. That last generation would be the boomers of course!

Magical-Pickle

Olfactory lobe damage effects a lot

Nigelthornfruit