Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents, study finds


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Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents, study finds

  • The rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) goes along with an increase in exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) in our daily life.

  • The most relevant exposure source to the brain is the use of a mobile phone close to the head.

  • Several studies have been conducted to identify potential health effects related to RF-EMF, though results have remained inconclusive.

  • A study has found that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields may have adverse effects on the development of memory performance of specific brain regions exposed during mobile phone use.


    Foerster M., Thielens A., Joseph W., Eeftens M., Röösli M. A prospective cohort study of adolescents’ memory performance and individual brain dose of microwave radiation from wireless communication. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2018 DOI: 10.1289/EHP2427
    Anna Schoeni, Katharina Roser, Martin Röösli. Memory performance, wireless communication and exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields: A prospective cohort study in adolescents. Environment International, 2015; 85: 343 DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.09.025