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Hot Students Learn Less




More evidence on why air conditioning increases our mental acuity:



(p. A5) Hot weather makes it more difficult for high-school students to learn, a new study suggests.


. . .


The study was circulated by the National Bureau of Economic Research as a working paper by Mr. Goodman and three other researchers.

They found that, on average, every increase of 1 degree Fahrenheit in the average temperature during the school year reduced learning by about 1%.



For the full story, see:

Ben Leubsdorf. "Heat Found to Hurt Studies." The Wall Street Journal (Friday, June 8, 2018): A5.

(Note: ellipsis added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date June 7, 2018, and has the title "American Students Don't Learn Well When It's Hot Outside." The online version is substantially longer, and in some places has different wording, than the print version. Where the wording of a quoted passage differs, my quotation above follows the print version.)


The NBER paper, mentioned above, is:

Goodman, Joshua, Michael Hurwitz, Jisung Park, and Jonathan Smith. "Heat and Learning." National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper Series, # 24639, May 2018.






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