Neurobehavioural effects of electromagnetic fields

Zenon Sienkiewicz*, Nancy Jones, Anna Bottomley

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    Very few laboratory studies in children have explored the effects of exposure to low level electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on neurobehavioural function. Studies investigating effect on neurotransmitiers, cognitive function and brain activity in adults and animals indicate that acute exposure to EMFs does not appear to engender any consistent physiological or behavioural impairment although a few subtle effects may occur. This suggests that exposure of children to low level EMFs may not cause significant detrimental effects on brain function. However the available evidence is not sufficient to draw any definite conclusions, and further laboratory studies are required. In particular, experiments investigating the effects of radiofrequency (RF) fields on the performance of well-characterised cognitive and behavioural tasks by immature and developing animals are recommended, if studies with children cannot be performed for ethical and practical reasons.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S116-S126
    Issue numberSUPPL. 7
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • Animal
    • Children
    • Cognitive effects
    • ELF
    • Human
    • Review
    • RF


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