News from ISGlobal
The ATENC!Ó project has closed its field work with an activity that took place on May 18 in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). The event was an opportunity to thank over 2,100 high school students that participated in the study and present them some preliminary results. ATENC!Ó is a project coordinated by the Barcelona Institute for Globla Health (ISGlobal) and the Centre de Recerca per l’Educación Científica y Matemática (CRECIM).
Based on previous scientific evidence pointing to the detrimental effect of air pollution on cognitive skills, this citizen science project proposed an experiment: randomly divide each class into two groups, both with an air purification system installed, but only one where the system would be actually functioning. The goal was to determine whether differences in air quality could lead to differences in attention span scores.
The project fieldwork lasted 8 months and included 33 high schools in the province of Barcelona. Now, the project will start with the data analysis, which will be published in scientific journals. Meanwhile, preliminary results were presented to the students that attended the closing event, such as the percentage of those that thought were in the classroom with purified air, the levels of air pollution in their schools, or the overall attention test scores.