First Advisor

Jeslin Hancock

Date of Award

Spring 6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Science and University Honors


Social Science




Hypoxic-impact, early intervention, cognition, psychosocial development, life-satisfaction




There is a strong foundation of evidence and consensus in the literature that hypoxia has adverse impacts on brain function. Recent research has broadened the field in two directions. One is the treatment for acute hypoxic injuries, and the second is regarding the accumulative impact of intermittent or chronic hypoxia. Historically, in cases of acute hypoxia, action is taken to remedy the source of hypoxia. Physical and cognitive rehabilitation has typically been provided as needed depending on the severity of the injury. While cases of intermittent or chronic hypoxia may not demonstrate an acute urgency for treatment and rehabilitation, current research shows that the long-term impact can be just as damaging to cognitive, behavioral, psychosocial, and physical development. However, since the adverse impacts are slowly accumulating over the course of a chronic hypoxic condition, opportunities for intervention can be missed. Often the chronic state is considered secondary to the catalyst disease or event that demands primary focus, and the impacts of hypoxia are often relinquished to the plasticity of the brain for self-moderation.

This paper looks at the causes, diagnoses, treatments, opportunities, and benefits of early and sustainable interventions.


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