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Impact of Air Pollution on cognition

04 June 2018

Air pollution is a growing concern and is responsible for approximately 3 million deaths worldwide each year. What is unknown however, is the impact of daily pollution exposure to human cognition. This experimental study will ask for information regarding current and previous residences and lifestyle choices in order to assess personal exposure to pollution. Simple and quick cognitive tests will be undertaken and compared to exposure information. Thank you for your interest in this research!


  • Aged 21-45
  • Non-smokers
  • Have not had incidence of the flu or a bad cold in the week preceding the study
  • Have not had a vaccination in the week preceding the study
  • Do not suffer from a neurological disorder such as multiple sclerosis.
  • Do not have a cardiovascular disease such as lung disease or asthma.
  • Must not currently suffer from an inflammatory disease such as IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic periodontitis, ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease.
  • Have never had an organ transplant.
  • Have never had a neuropsychological injury.
  • Do not suffer from a psychiatric disorder including diagnosis of depression.
  • Do not have a history of epilepsy, or any immediate and/or distant family suffering from epilepsy.
  • Do not suffer from migraine.
  • Did not suffer from febrile seizures as an infant.
  • Have never had recurrent fainting spells.
  • Do not have a visual impairment that cannot be corrected using glasses.
  • Do not currently have significant hearing loss.
  • Have never had a neurosurgical procedure or eye surgery.
  • Must not be currently undergoing anti-malarial treatment.
  • Will not drink more than 3 units of alcohol the day prior to the study start.
  • Will not use recreational drugs 24 hours before the study start.

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the University of Birmingham ethics board under number ERN_18-0487 on 22nd May 2018

About the researcher

Tom started as a PhD student at the University of Birmingham in January 2018. After completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the same University, he is now engaged in psychological research relating to environmental science.

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