Living in areas polluted by high levels of fine dust could take a decade off your memory according to new research from the UK.
Scientists at Warwick University surveyed some 34-thousand British people and found that those living in areas with high levels of air pollution showed a significant lag in remembering words, compared to those living in areas with cleaner air.
And the difference was equivalent to aging ten years.
While there needs to be further research on how nitrogen dioxide and air particles affect human memory, the recent study shows a strong link between the two.
The findings will be published in Ecological Economics.