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    A TikToker Went Viral For Explaining "Pandemic Brain" — And These Scientists Say It's A Real Phenomenon

    "Truth be told we don't really know what's causing this."

    On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed the neurological condition called "Pandemic Brain." You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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    So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Marco Loggia and Ludovica Brusaferri, two Harvard scientists, about their recent study on "Pandemic Brain." Here's some of what we learned:

    BuzzFeed Daily: So the two of you recently co-authored a study, along with several others, about a condition you've named "Pandemic Brain." Now, we should say up top that the study is still being peer reviewed, so it hasn't officially received that stamp of approval. But what is the main hypothesis that you've arrived at?

    BuzzFeed Daily: So we found this TikTok from user @jandralee which originally introduced us to your study. What do you feel like she got right?


    Reply to @dramadork884 Add in all the other pandemic changes, and struggle is inevitable. #adhdtok #pandemicbrain #mentalhealthtok #learnwithme

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    Ludovica Brusaferri: I was actually quite impressed in the way she described this study because it was a very simplistic way of describing what we found. But it was correct because she didn't just give an opinion on our side. You shouldn't give too much scientific insight. She basically read the paper and said, "Look, this is what people have found, and maybe there are more people that relate to it." And I really appreciated that.

    BuzzFeed Daily: So what factors of the pandemic and the lockdowns contributed to this neurological reaction?

    BuzzFeed Daily: Now, I'm asking for me who has experienced this — is there a way to reverse these symptoms?

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