Accession Number:

ADA026855

Title:

Progressive Deterioration in Short Term Memory while Breathing Pure Oxygen at Normal Atmospheric Pressure

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ROYAL NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH COMMITTEE LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1973-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

Twelve men performed a step tracking task involving short term memory while breathing pure oxygen from a demand-type oxygen mask, while breathing air from the mask, and in a control condition without the mask. A reliable progressive deterioration over 8 minutes was found while breathing oxygen, but not in the other 2 conditions. The progressive deterioration was particularly marked in the most difficult short term memory condition. It suggests that men should not breathe 100 oxygen at normal atmospheric pressure for periods longer than a few minutes if they must remain fully efficient.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE