Brain function suffers from air pollution, says Stripe co-founder

Not enough emphasis is put on cognitive costs of poor air quality, says Stripe co-founder

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
8th December, 2019
Brain function suffers from air pollution, says Stripe co-founder
Patrick Collison, co-founder of Stripe. Picture: Bloomberg

Stripe co-founder Patrick Collison has said that more emphasis needs to be placed on the “cognitive costs“ of air pollution.

In a recent post on his personal blog, Collison said that there appears to be a link between poor air quality and mental function.

He cited a number of research papers which showed that in periods of poor air quality, chess players make more mistakes, politicians use less complex language, stock market returns...

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