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An emerging research area is the effects of mild hypoxia and hypohydration on complex decision making. An initial laboratory study showed that working memory and complex reasoning in students is marginally significantly degraded in 90-minute exposures to mild hypoxia - equivalent to an altitude of 8000 ft which is typical of the effective altitude in the cabin of commercial aircraft. Future plans include extending the range of mild hypoxia altitude exposures, use of pilots and the combined effects of additional multiple mild stressors such as dehydration and sleep loss –similar to that existing in long distance commercial flights. These studies are being conducted in collaboration with the School of Exercise and Sport and the Aviation School at Massey University, with support from the New Zealand Defence Force Defence Technology Agency and the Royal New Zealand Airforce Aviation Medicine Unit and increasing involvement from the Canadian Defence Research Centre (Toronto).
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016