Abstract Title:

Pulsed radio frequency radiation affects cognitive performance and the waking electroencephalogram.

Abstract Source:

Neuroreport. 2007 May 28 ;18(8):803-7. PMID: 17471070

Abstract Author(s):

Sabine J Regel, Julie M Gottselig, Jürgen Schuderer, Gilberte Tinguely, Julia V Rétey, Niels Kuster, Hans-Peter Landolt, Peter Achermann

Article Affiliation:

Sabine J Regel


We investigated the effects of radio frequency electromagnetic fields on brain physiology. Twenty-four healthy young men were exposed for 30 min to pulse-modulated or continuous-wave radio frequency electromagnetic fields (900 MHz; peak specific absorption rate 1 W/kg), or sham exposed. During exposure, participants performed cognitive tasks. Waking electroencephalogram was recorded during baseline, immediately after, and 30 and 60 min after exposure. Pulse-modulated radio frequency electromagnetic field exposure reduced reaction speed and increased accuracy in a working-memory task. It also increased spectral power in the waking electroencephalogram in the 10.5-11 Hz range 30 min after exposure. No effects were observed for continuous-wave radio frequency electromagnetic fields. These findings provide further evidence for a nonthermal biological effect of pulsed radio frequency electromagnetic fields.

Study Type : Human Study

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