Effect of acclimatisation to altitude on learning.

  title={Effect of acclimatisation to altitude on learning.},
  author={Margherita Pagani and Giampietro Ravagnan and Dario Salmaso},
  journal={Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior},
  volume={34 2},
Long-term exposure to high altitude has been reported to impair cognitive functions, possibly resulting in an increased risk of mountain accidents. To assess the modification of cognitive functions during acclimatisation to altitude, 17 climbers were studied at 5350 m a.s.l. by means of a neuropsychological learning test. The results clearly show that by extending the period spent at elevations above 5350 m to more than 15 days, the response to a memory task was significantly enhanced. The… CONTINUE READING