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Tipo di prodottoArticolo in rivista
TitoloNo effects of acute exposure to Wi-Fi electromagnetic fields on spontaneous EEG activity and psychomotor vigilance in healthy human volunteers
Anno di pubblicazione2015
Autore/iZentai N., Csathó A., Trunk A., Fiocchi S., Parazzini M., Ravazzani P., Thuroczy G., Hernadi I.
Affiliazioni autoriZentai N., Trunk A.: Department of Experimental Neurobiology, University of Pécs, Csathó A.: Institute for Behavioral Sciences, University of Pécs, Hungary Trunk A., Hernadi I.: Szentágothai Research Center, University of Pécs, Hungary Fiocchi S., Parazzini M., Ravazzani P., , CNR Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Elettronica e di Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni IEIIT, Milano, Italy Thuroczy G.: National Institute for Radiobiology and Radiohygiene, Budapest, Hungary
Autori CNR e affiliazioni
  • inglese
AbstractMobile equipment use of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) signal modulation has increased exponentially in the past few decades. However, there is inconclusive scientific evidence concerning the potential risks associated with the deposition of energy in the brain produced, and that Wi-Fi electromagnetism interacts with cognitive function. In the present study, we investigated possible neurocognitive effects caused by Wi-Fi exposure. First, we constructed a Wi-Fi exposure system from commercial parts. Dosimetry was first assessed by free space radiofrequency RF field measurements; then, the experimental exposure system was modeled based on real geometry and physical characteristics. Specific absorption rate (SAR) calculations were performed in a whole-body, realistic human voxel model and the values corresponded to usual every-day Wi-Fi exposure (peak SAR10g level was 99.22 mW/kg with 1W output power and 100% duty cycle). Then, in two provocation experiments involving healthy human volunteers we tested the hypotheses 1) whether a 60 min long 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi exposure affects the spectral power of spontaneous awake electroencephalographic (sEEG) activity (N=25) and 2) whether similar Wi-Fi exposure modulates the sustained attention measured by reaction time (RT) in a computerized psychomotor vigilance test (PVT) (N=19). EEG data were recorded at midline electrode sites while volunteers watched a silent documentary. In the PVT task, button press RT was recorded. No measurable effects of acute Wi-Fi exposure were found on spectral power of sEEG or RT in PVT experiments. These results indicate that a single, 60 min Wi-Fi exposure does not alter human oscillatory brain function or objective measures of sustained attention.
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Pagine da568
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RivistaRadiation research (Online)
Attiva dal 1954
Editore: Academic Press, - New York, N.Y.
Paese di pubblicazione: Stati Uniti d'America
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 1938-5404
Titolo chiave: Radiation research (Online)
Titolo proprio: Radiation research (Online)
Titolo abbreviato: Radiat. res. (Online)
Numero volume della rivista184
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Verificato da refereeSì: Internazionale
Stato della pubblicazionePreprint
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Parole chiaveWi-Fi electromagnetic field exposure; EEG power spectra; reaction time; cognitive performance, time-on-task
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Data di accettazione20/10/2015
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  • IEIIT — Istituto di elettronica e di ingegneria dell'informazione e delle telecomunicazioni
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Citazione bibliograficaZentai, N., Csathó Á., Trunk A., Fiocchi, S., Parazzini, M., Ravazzani, P., Thuróczy, G. and Hernádi, I. No effects of acute exposure to Wi-Fi electromagnetic fields on spontaneous EEG activity and psychomotor vigilance in healthy human volunteers. Radiat. Res., Vol. 184, pp. 568-577 (2015)