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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (8): 1282-1292.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.01282

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The influence of air temperature and temperature variability on mental health

YU Guoliang1, CHEN Tingting2, ZHAO Fengqing2()   

  1. 1 Institute of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
    2 School of Education, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, China
  • Received:2019-12-11 Online:2020-08-15 Published:2020-06-28
  • Contact: ZHAO Fengqing


More and more researchers are concerned about the threat and impact of temperature and temperature variability on mental health. Temperature and temperature variability has direct or indirect effects on mental health indicators such as emotional well-being, emotional disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, organic mental disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, substance abuse and dependence, suicidal ideation and behavior. Most researchers explain the mechanism of temperature's influence on mental health from physiological aspects such as meteorological emotional effect, brown adipose tissue theory, and serotonin theory. Children and adolescents, the elderly, workers are vulnerable to temperature and high temperature pressure. There are also gender, age, and socioeconomic status differences in the effects of temperature change on mental health. In future studies, it is necessary to further distinguish different temperature indexes, pay more attention to the relationship between low temperature and mental health, control the interference of other factors on the relationship between temperature and mental health, and reveal the differences between individuals and groups.

Key words: air temperature, temperature variability, mental health

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