Effect of electromagnetic fields emitted by cellular phones on the latency of evoked electrodermal activity

Int J Neurosci. 2006 Mar;116(3):321-9. doi: 10.1080/00207450500403371.


The widespread use of cellular phones raises the question of their possible adverse biological effects, especially on the central nervous system (CNS). Therefore, the authors examined the effect of electromagnetic fields emitted by cellular phones (CPEMFs) on the evoked neuronal activity of CNS relating to generation and representation of electrodermal activity (EDA), an index of sympathetic nervous system activity. EDA (skin resistance response; SRR) latency was lengthened approximately 200 ms with CPEMFs exposure irrespective of the head site next to mobile phone used. Hemispheric asymmetry of EDA-2 pathway, which is represented by shorter SRR latency in the right hand of the right hand responders, was also distorted with CPEMFs. Because the CNS regions including EDA-2 are also involved in tasks of motor timing and time estimation, delayed response in this neuronal network due to CPEMFs exposure may increase the response time of mobile phone users. Therefore, the findings point to the potential risks of mobile phones on the function of CNS and consequently, possible increase in the risk of phone-related driving hazards.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cell Phone*
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Galvanic Skin Response / physiology
  • Galvanic Skin Response / radiation effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Reaction Time / radiation effects*