Influence of the earth's magnetic field on resting and activated EEG mapping in normal subjects

Int J Neurosci. 1993 Dec;73(3-4):195-201. doi: 10.3109/00207459308986669.


We found in a former investigation that by measuring sleep parameters, the REM latency is shortened in the E-W position of sleepers compared with the N-S position. This paper reports on a further neurological observation in humans concerning the influence of the earth's magnetic field: there are statistically significant differences in the EEG of normal subjects, depending on whether the subjects sit facing the N-S or E-W direction. The difference is especially pronounced in the alpha-power.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain / radiation effects
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetics*
  • Male
  • Reference Values
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Sleep, REM / physiology