Effect on human attention of exposure to the electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phones

Tatia M.C. Lee, Sam M.Y. Ho, Lucia Y.H. Tsang, Serena Y.C. Yang, Leonard S.W. Li, Che Hin Chan

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Abstract

This study examined the effect of exposure to the electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phones on human attention. Three measures of attention were administered to 72 teenagers, 37 of whom were mobile phone users. The results showed that the mobile phone users performed better on one of the three measures of attention than did the non-mobile phone users. The results suggest that exposure to the electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phones may have a mild facilitating effect on attention functions, which is consistent with previous observations that exposure to the electromagnetic field has a facilitating effect on cognitive processing. The possibility that mobile phone users may be naturally better at multiple tasking tasks was discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-731
Number of pages3
JournalNeuroReport
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2001

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Cognitive processing
  • Electromagnetic field
  • Mobile phone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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