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The effect of acute exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMF) generated by mobile phones on an auditory threshold task was investigated. 168 participants performed the task while exposed to RF EMF in one testing session (either global system for mobile communication (GSM) or unmodulated signals) while in a separate session participants were exposed to sham signals. Lateralization effects were tested by exposing participants either on the left side or on the right side of the head. No significant effect of exposure to RF EMF was detected, suggesting that acute exposure to RF EMFs does not affect performance in the order threshold task.

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Journal article



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493 - 496


Acoustic Stimulation, Adult, Auditory Cortex, Auditory Threshold, Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation, Electromagnetic Fields, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Radiation Dosage, Task Performance and Analysis