Starting Our Science
Today we continued our data collection. Essentially, we are planning to collect our EEG data at several different altitudes but we intend to use Kathmandu as our baseline for comparison. Are "participants" - the research team - will complete tasks that will specifically measure activity within the prefrontal cortex, their learning and decision system, and general brain function.
Wednesday was also a day of last minute shopping, tomorrow we head for the mountains and we begin our ascent. Many are worried that they are missing gear and we frantically shop for essential ingredients for high altitude - ibuprofen and Tylenol to deal with aches and headaches for instance. Kathmandu is famous for "knock offs" - I buy a 95L Northface duffel for the equivalent of 20 Canadian dollars, but this bag is only for storage of gear I will not be taking up the mountain as I am not convinced it is actually waterproof.
We go to bed with conflicting emotions - excitement as we start our ascent in the morning and no small amount of fear for our flight into "the worlds most dangerous airport" - the Tenzing Hillary airport at Lukla.
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Olav Krigolson is a neuroscientist at the University of Victoria who has authored over 40 academic papers and given over 150 talks and presentations.