The effect of GSM-like ELF radiation on the alpha band of the human resting EEG

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2008;2008:5680-3. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2008.4650503.


Mobile phone handsets such as those operating in the GSM network emit extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields ranging from DC to at least 40 kHz. As a subpart of an extended protocol, the influence of these fields on the human resting EEG has been investigated in a fully counter balanced, double blind, cross-over design study that recruited 72 healthy volunteers. A decrease in the alpha frequency band was observed during the 20 minutes of ELF exposure in the exposed hemisphere only. This result suggests that ELF fields as emitted from GSM handsets during the DTX mode may have an effect on the resting alpha band of the human EEG.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alpha Rhythm / methods*
  • Alpha Rhythm / radiation effects*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain / radiation effects*
  • Cell Phone*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Rest / physiology