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- Effects of 2G and 3G mobile phones on performance and electrophysiology in adolescents, young adults and older adults
- Leung, S.; Croft, R. J.; McKenzie, R. J.; Iskra, S.; Silber, B.; Cooper, N. R.; O'Neill, B.; Cropley, V.; Diaz-Trujillo, A.; Hamblin, D.; Simpson, D.
- Objective: This study examined sensory and cognitive processing in adolescents, young adults and older adults, when exposed to 2nd (2G) and 3rd (3G) generation mobile phone signals. Methods: Tests employed were the auditory 3-stimulus oddball and the N-back. Forty-one 13-15 year olds, forty-two 19-40 year olds and twenty 55-70 year olds were tested using a double-blind cross-over design, where each participant received Sham, 2G and 3G exposures, separated by at least 4 days. Results: 3-Stimulus oddball task: Behavioural: accuracy and reaction time of responses to targets were not affected by exposure. Electrophysiological: augmented N1 was found in the 2G condition (independent of age group). N-back task: Behavioural: the combined groups performed less accurately during the 3G exposure (compared to Sham), with post hoc tests finding this effect separately in the adolescents only. Electrophysiological: delayed ERD/ERS responses of the alpha power were found in both 3G and 2G conditions (compared to Sham; independent of age group). Conclusion: Employing tasks tailored to each individual's ability level, this study provides support for an effect of acute 2G and 3G exposure on human cognitive function. Significance: The subtlety of mobile phone effect on cognition in our study suggests that it is important to account for individual differences in future mobile phone research.
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- Journal article
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Life and Social Sciences. Brain Sciences Institute
- Clinical Neurophysiology, Vol. 122, no. 11 (Nov 2011), pp. 2203-2216
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- FOR Code(s)
- 1103 Clinical Sciences; 1109 Neurosciences; 1702 Cognitive Sciences
- Acute exposure; Adolescents; Cognitive processing; EEG; Elderly; Electroencephalogram; GSM900; Mobile phone exposure; Mobile phones; Sensory processing; W-CDMA; Young adults
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- Copyright © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. on behalf of International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology.
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