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Behavioral effects of microwaves.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7442919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Microwaves can produce sensations of warmth and sound in humans. In other species, they also can serve as cues, they may be avoided, and they can disrupt ongoing behavior. These actions appear to be due to heat produced by energy absorption. The rate of absorption depends on the microwave parameters and the electrical and geometric properties of the subject. We, therefore, cannot predict the human response to microwaves based on data from other animals without appropriate scaling considerations. At low levels of exposure, microwaves can produce changes in behavior without large, or even measureable, changes in body temperature. Thermoregulatory behavior may respond to those low levels of heat, and thereby affect other behavior occurring concurrently. There are no data that demonstrate that behavioral effects of microwaves depend on any mechanism other than reactions to heat. Our interpretation of whether a reported behavioral effect indicates that microwaves may be hazardous depends on our having a complete description of the experiment and on our criteria of behavioral toxicity.
S Stern
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurobehavioral toxicology     Volume:  2     ISSN:  0191-3581     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurobehav Toxicol     Publication Date:  1980  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-02-19     Completed Date:  1981-02-19     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8001482     Medline TA:  Neurobehav Toxicol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  49-58     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation
Behavior / radiation effects*
Central Nervous System / radiation effects
Hot Temperature
Microwaves / adverse effects*
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