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Effect of Particulate Air Cleaning on Perceived Health and Cognitive Performance in School Children During Pollen Season
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö. (Ventilation och Luftkvalitet)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0337-8004
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4298-7459
2005 (English)In: Indoor Air 2005: Proceedings of the 10th international conference on indoor air quality and climate, 2005, p. 1111-1115Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cleaning of room air from particulate contaminants was performed using electrostatic air cleaners (precipitators) in four classrooms of 12-year old pupils. The air cleaners were active/inactive according to a cross-over design for 2 + 3 weeks during pollen season. Health questionnaires and cognitive tests were used to investigate the impact of air cleaning on perceived health and on cognitive skills that relate to schoolwork and learning (semantic and episodic memory, logical reasoning, attention, reading comprehension). Pupils stating themselves as being sensitive to airborne particulate contaminants, such as pollen and pet allergens, experienced somewhat less irritation in airways and eyes when the air cleaners were active (p=0.02). The most sensitive pupils also scored about 25% higher on the cognitive test relating to semantic memory when the air cleaners were active (p=0.015). No significant effects were however found for the four other cognitive skills.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. p. 1111-1115
Keywords [en]
Air cleaning, Cognition, Learning, Health, Air quality, Allergy, Classrooms, Schools, Ventilation
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Building Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2731ISI: 000233831201081ISBN: 7-89494-830-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2731DiVA, id: diva2:119393
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10th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2005) Beijing, Kina, 4-9 sep, 2005
Available from: 2007-12-04 Created: 2007-12-04 Last updated: 2018-03-28Bibliographically approved

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