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Workplace appearance could affect brain function

According to a study dirty working environment can cause harm to the cognitive power of employees

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Publish Date: Jun 17 2016 3:35PM | Updated Date: Jun 17 2016 3:35PM

Workplace appearance could affect brain function

A new study by the researchers of Florida State University shows that both; lack of stimulation in the workplace and a dirty working environment can have a long-term cognitive effect on employees and could affect the functioning of the brain.


Psychologists say that the brain is a muscle and hygienists’ points of the work environment may cause effect on it, said Joseph Grzywacz, the Norejane Hendrickson Professor of Family and Child Sciences.


Grzywacz also led the research with his team. He further shared that there are real things in the workplace that can shape cognitive function: some that you can see or touch, and others you can't. We showed that both matter to cognitive health in adulthood.


In the past, researchers had been divided on whether it was working in an unclean workplace -- facing exposure to agents such as mold, lead or loud noises -- or working in an un-stimulating environment that took the biggest toll on brain health as people aged.


The study is significant because it showed both can play an important role in long-term cognitive well-being. The data included 4,963 adults ages 32 to 84 from the 48 contiguous states. The sample was 47 percent male and 53 percent female.