Mobile phone effects on children's event-related oscillatory EEG during an auditory memory task

Int J Radiat Biol. 2006 Jun;82(6):443-50. doi: 10.1080/09553000600840922.


Purpose: To assess the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted by mobile phones (MP) on the 1 - 20 Hz event-related brain oscillatory EEG (electroencephalogram) responses in children performing an auditory memory task (encoding and recognition).

Materials and methods: EEG data were gathered while 15 subjects (age 10 - 14 years) performed an auditory memory task both with and without exposure to a digital 902 MHz MP in counterbalanced order.

Results: During memory encoding, the active MP modulated the event-related desynchronization/synchronization (ERD/ERS) responses in the approximately 4 - 8 Hz EEG frequencies. During recognition, the active MP transformed these brain oscillatory responses in the approximately 4 - 8 Hz and approximately 15 Hz frequencies.

Conclusions: The current findings suggest that EMF emitted by mobile phones has effects on brain oscillatory responses during cognitive processing in children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain / radiation effects*
  • Cell Phone*
  • Cognition / radiation effects*
  • Cortical Synchronization / radiation effects
  • Electroencephalography / adverse effects*
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Evoked Potentials, Auditory / physiology
  • Evoked Potentials, Auditory / radiation effects*
  • Humans
  • Memory / radiation effects*
  • Memory Disorders / etiology
  • Memory Disorders / physiopathology