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It’s official: warm weather makes it hard to think straight

Submitted by on Wednesday, 13 February 2013No Comment

warm weather makes it hard to think straightIf you have ever had the feeling that business in Asia is, well, different – and wonder why everything moves at a slower pace – here is some research that may explain the phenomenon.

Warm weather makes it hard to think straight

In a recent experiment into the impact of warmth on decision-making, colleagues from the University of Houston and the University of Virginia found the following:

1. It requires more energy (glucose) for the body to cool itself down than to warm itself up, thus diverting glucose from the brain

2. Glucose is essential for our brains to work efficiently – this includes processes such as decision-making.

3. In simple cognitive tasks, people in hotter environments make more mistakes than those in cooler environments.

4. People in hotter environments tend to be more reluctant to make decisions

5. People in hotter environments tend to make more conservative decisions, perhaps intuitively not trusting their own decision-making

6. People in hotter environments may also find it more difficult to exert self-control

A review of the study is here.

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