Out of time: a possible link between mirror neurons, autism and electromagnetic radiation

Med Hypotheses. 2006;67(2):378-82. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2006.01.032. Epub 2006 Mar 10.


Recent evidence suggests a link between autism and the human mirror neuron system. In this paper, I argue that temporal disruption from the environment may play an important role in the observed mirror neuron dysfunction, leading in turn to the pattern of deficits associated with autism. I suggest that the developing nervous system of an infant may be particularly prone to temporal noise that can interfere with the initial calibration of brain networks such as the mirror neuron system. The most likely source of temporal noise in the environment is artificially generated electromagnetic radiation. To date, there has been little evidence that electromagnetic radiation poses a direct biological hazard. It is clear, however, that time-varying electromagnetic waves have the potential to temporally modulate the nervous system, particularly when populations of neurons are required to act together. This modulation may be completely harmless for the fully developed nervous system of an adult. For an infant, this same temporal disruption might act to severely delay or disrupt vital calibration processes.

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / etiology*
  • Autistic Disorder / pathology*
  • Cell Phone
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Nervous System / cytology
  • Nervous System / growth & development
  • Nervous System / radiation effects*
  • Neurons / radiation effects*