The brain works better if the air is clean, Strobilo studies the best conditions

  • Applied neuroscience has found that with increasing CO2 the brain begins to reduce its performance, for example the level of attention decreases.
  • Similarly, the level of stress is reduced when you come in contact with vegetation, forest, nature.
  • Strobilo collects environmental data to create optimal conditions and improve people’s well-being and performance.

There is something we do non-stop, every day, day and night: to breathe. L‘air it provides the oxygen our body needs but if its quality is poor, even our health pays the consequences little by little.

“Theair pollution that we breathe in the big cities (and beyond) has been surpassing the guard level for years. This can be verified by the effects it has on people’s health and by the measurements of the parameters that leave no room for doubt. In many Asian cities, it is now unthinkable to live outside all day, taking refuge in buildings where air filters and purifiers are placed, “he said. Simone Molteniscientific director of LifeGate. “It’s time to raise awareness of this issue to help everyone improve the environments in which we live and work: LifeGate wants to make its contribution by providing knowledge and tools to act consciously.”

Even the work of Strobilusinnovative startup ecosystem of Via LifeGateis especially focused on this topic.

The Strobilo team with Andrea Bariselli, CEO © Strobilo

The relationship between the organism and the environment is at the heart of Strobilo’s work

Strobilo was born with the ambitious goal of restoring the healthy relationship of people with the environment around them. And neuroscience offers great potential, such as founder of Strobilo, Andrea Bariselli, psychologist and neuroscientist with years of experience in the field of clinical and applied research and passionate about outdoor life.

Our body was designed to function in one certain environment with certain characteristics and over thousands of years it has been adapted. However, if the external environment changes suddenly, it is not able to react so quickly. The “great acceleration” of the anthropocene is based on a series of macro indicators that affect the planet and, consequently, impact on living conditions of man: increase in population, the concentration of carbon dioxide, the rate of extinction of plant and animal species, deforestation. Man has moved further and further away from nature, but his body is still designed to be green. He neuroscience: the brain reacts when exposed to the natural environment, stress levels are lower and you are more comfortable. It is precisely from here that Strobilo’s work takes its toll.

Strobile and neuroscience

Strobilo is defined as a “technology company of nature” that uses the most advanced techniques of neuroscience in combination with artificial intelligence to study. relationship between humans and planet Earth. After years of work in the field of clinical research, in 2021 Andrea Bariselli launched Strobilo, of which he is CEO, together with Achille Donatiregistered accountant and financial manager of the startup.

For years, Bariselli has studied how neurons are activated when subjected to a stimulus, noting that every small change in the environment has an impact on the brain. Applied neuroscience maps these entries and correlates them with the brain response. Now Strobilo goes one step further: it uses this knowledge to work in reverse, to put people in a position to live in the best environment, modulating each environmental lever.

Strobilo relates within a platform the data obtained by electroencephalogram and the environmental data read by means of a special device of own production. At this point the predictability: by measuring the environment, Strobilo is able to predict the behavior of people and can use this data not only to correct any anomalies, but also to designing the spaces of the future.

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Andrea Bariselli, CEO of Strobilo, works with applied neuroscience © Strobilo

How the environment affects people’s cognitive abilities

Poor indoor air quality causes a number of physical and cognitive impairments, known as worker syndrome or sick building syndrome. Early alterations include fatigue, impaired sleep cycle, allergies, respiratory problems, dry eyes; among the latter, less easy to perceive, difficulty concentrating, reduced problem-solving skills, and cognitive fatigue.

A striking example is the one linked tocarbon dioxide, which is the main indicator of indoor air quality. CO2 is toxic to humans at a concentration of 2.5%, but performance, concentration, and well-being are already compromised from a concentration of 0.08% (800 ppm). The World Health Organization also considers the maximum CO2 level beyond which our health is at risk between 700 and 1,000 ppm. There is also a maximum level for ai volatile organic compounds (Voc)elements present mainly in closed environmentsamong which are ethanol, benzene, formaldehyde and acetone and dichlorobenzene.

too temperature and humidity they affect people’s health and performance, so a good balance of both must be maintained; which would also play in favor of energy efficiency. Threshold levels to be maintained indoors are about 20-23 ° C with a relative humidity level of 30-60 percent, which vary by season.

When it comes to cognitive disabilities it refers to the fact that the brain loses lucidity, ability to calculate, strategic planning, works poorly and poorly. If we are able to reclaim an environment and make it right, performance improves. In this way Strobilo also supports companies the intention to put the your employees in the conditions to work to the maximum, which means protecting both their well-being and their productivity. In fact, Strobilo also sets itself the goal of influencing public policies at the highest level, providing data and knowledge to decision-makers, for the benefit of the health of citizens.

Strobilo analysis at the Green & Blue festival

There was also Strobilo at the festival Green and blue which was held in early June 2022 at the Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan, and of which LifeGate was a partner.

Throughout the day, there were meetings and debates in two areas of the theater: the meeting room and the lobby. Strobilo made it possible to analyze the evolution of the concentration of CO2, Voc, temperature and humidity in these spaces and, consequently, the level of physical and cognitive stress to which the public and the speakers submitted.

As can be seen from the graphs, the day developed without unhealthy peaks from the point of view of thermal stress in both areas, while both the values ​​of carbon dioxide and volatile components exceeded the recommended threshold.

Strobilo in proposing two solutions, one in the short term and one in the long term. In the near future, opening windows allows you to secure one recirculation of air in the room which would reduce both thermal stress and the concentration of CO2 and Voc. In this case, it would also be advisable to provide for pause between one panel and another, during which people can leave the room and help reduce the concentration of contaminants. Instead, as a more durable solution, Strobilo proposes to increase the intensity and efficiency of aeration and purification apparatusor even make onechemical analysis structural components and products used in the building that can generate emissions inside the theater, to eliminate or replace the most harmful.

Therefore, it is clear how the detection of pollution and certain environmental parameters can become a tool to improve the well-being of people by reasoned design of spaces where do they live. A fascinating and complex subject that will surely be heard more and more.

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