Papageorgiou CC, Nanou ED, Tsiafakis VG, Capsalis CN, et al. (2004)

The authors investigated the gender-related influence of electromagnetic fields (EMF) from a 900 MHz signal on brain activity. Nineteen healthy individuals (9 men) participated. Fifteen scalp electrodes were attached to record electroencephalograms (EEG). A dipole antenna was fixed near the right ear. The subjects performed a Weschler auditory memory task, in which they were asked to repeat numbers that they were given. The spectral energy of the EEG was calculated as an average of the electrode readings, and was also assessed for the four basic rhythms (delta, theta, alpha, and beta).

Each subject performed the task with and without EMF exposure, with an interval of 2 weeks between the measurements. The order in which the subject was exposed was random.

The baseline EEG energy of the males was significantly greater than the females. Exposure to EMF decreased the EEG energy of males but increased that of females. There were no statistically significant differences in memory performance between the men and women, nor was there any difference between the exposed and non-exposed states.

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