Relationships among electromagnetic field exposure, frontal eeg characteristics, and a measure of depression
The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between self reported exposure to sources of electromagnetic fields, frontal left and right hemisphere absolute and relative power EEG measurements, and a measure of depression. Thirty-three male undergraduates with varying degrees of EMF exposure assessed by cell phone and computer use were participants in the study. Results indicated that there were significant relationships between long term computer use, indicated by years of use, total Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scores, and suicidal thoughts or wishes. There were significant positive relationships between both long term and current computer use, indicated by minutes per month, and eyes open delta (,5-3.5Hz) absolute power in both hemispheres. Significant negative relationships were found between computer use and eyes open absolute power and relative power in the 12-15Hz EEG band. Also, significant positive and negative relationships were found between several delta, alpha, and theta absolute power and/or relative power EEG measurements and total and item scores on the BDI.
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Shirkey, Edwin C.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Electroencephalography
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Morris, Christina S., "Relationships among electromagnetic field exposure, frontal eeg characteristics, and a measure of depression" (1999). HIM 1990-2015. 150.