The effect of the duration of exposure to the electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phones on human attention

Tatia M.C. Lee, Pik Kwan Lam, Lydia T.S. Yee, Che Hin Chan

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Abstract

Previous findings suggested the facilitating effect of the electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phones on human attention. This study aimed to examine the relationship between the facilitating effect and the duration of exposure to the electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phones on human attention. Seventy-eight university students were randomly assigned to either an experimental or a control group. Their performance in the administered attention tasks was compared. Participants in the experimental group performed better on one of the two measures of attention only after they had been exposed to the electromagnetic field emitted by the mobile phone for some time. The results seem to suggest that attention functions may be differentially enhanced after exposing to the electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phones. Furthermore, this transient facilitation effect might be dose dependent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1361-1364
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroReport
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2003

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Cognitive processing
  • Electromagnetic field
  • Mobile phone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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