Low power radio-frequency and microwave effects on human electroencephalogram and behavior

Physiol Chem Phys. 1978;10(5):387-98.


In a pilot study of ten human subjects, temporary changes in brain waves and behavior were seen on exposure to power densities lower than 10(-12) W/cm2, which is substantially below typical urban levels. Frequencies included .1 to 960 MHz continuous and 8.5 to 9.6 GHz pulse-modulated waves. Since the relaxation frequency of protein-bound water is considered to fall between 100 and 1,000 MHz, absorptions and quantum effects may be the mechanistic basis for the electroencephalogram changes observed in most of the subjects produced by 10(-15) W/cm2 cw radio-frequency energy of between 130 and 960 MHz. Constructive and destructive interference patterns from standing waves within the skull possibly interact with the bioelectric generators in the brain, since electroencephalogram wave amplitudes and frequencies increased or decreased respectively at different radio wavelengths.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Behavior / radiation effects
  • Brain / radiation effects*
  • Electroencephalography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microwaves / adverse effects*
  • Middle Aged
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects*