Physiological tremor can be defined as an involuntary, irregular, and continuous movement of body's extremities. It is characterized by its amplitude and by its frequency. Tremor occuring while people have to maintain a posture (postural tremor) and tremor occuring during a goal-directed movement (kinetic tremor) seem to imply different neural pathways.
24 men recruited among the personnel of the French company, Electricité de France, completed the experiment.
Exposure duration: 4 times 14 min with a 3 min interval between them = 65 min; 4 on/off transitions during each 14 min sequence
|Setup||A subject sat on a plastic chair placed in the middle of the MF generating device which generated a continuous and homogeneous MF centered at the level of the head, but the trunk and arms were also exposed.|
|Sham exposure||A sham exposure was conducted.|
|magnetic flux density||1 mT||unspecified||calibration||-||-|
No effect of the magnetic field was revealed for kinetic tremor.
Concerning postural tremor, the proportion of oscillations at low frequencies (between 2 and 4 Hz) was higher during the real exposure than during the sham exposure sequence.
It is suggested that magnetic field could have a subtle delayed effect on human behavior, which is clearly not pathological. These findings should be taken into account for the establishment of new exposure limits.