Effect of short-term 50 Hz electromagnetic field exposure on the behavior of rats

T. Balassa, R. Szemerszky, G. Y. Bárdos

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Extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field generated by transformer stations located within buildings has been suspected to initiate non-specific health problems. This possibility was examined in model experiments in rats. Following short-term exposure (50 Hz, 500 μT, 20 min), situational and social anxiety as well as locomotor activity pattern were examined by several different tests (elevated plus-maze, novel object exploration, social interaction and territoriality).Based on our results having obtained so far, it seems that these field parameters (that equals the official reference limit for workers) may cause some kind of discomfort, may influence behavior, increase passivity and situational anxiety, but has no verified effect on the social and territorial behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-448
Number of pages12
JournalActa physiologica Hungarica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2009


  • Animal models
  • Anxiety
  • Electromagnetic field
  • Locomotor activity
  • Non-specific symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)

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