In 2018, a wildfire called the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, California and other nearby towns, killing more than 80 people. It’s not surprising that survivors’ mental health took a hit, with many experiencing PTSD from the event. But a new study shows survivors also experienced another brain change: their ability to handle distractions suffered. As climate change makes extreme events like the Camp Fire more common, understanding how they affect our mental and cognitive health is critical.

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