Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

The 50 Hz (10 mT) sinusoidal magnetic field: effects on stress-related behavior of rats med./bio.

Published in: Bratisl Lek Listy 2012; 113 (9): 521-524

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To examine potential behavioral changes in rats exposed to a 50 Hz-magnetic field (10 mT, sinusoidal).

Background/further details

A control group and an exposure group were examined. (n=38 per group)



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 50 Hz
Exposure duration: continuous for 21 days

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 50 Hz
Exposure duration continuous for 21 days
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Distance between exposed object and exposure source 1.2 cm
Setup eight serially connected copper solenoids with 560 turns each and a soft iron core; coils positioned vertically; plastic cages placed 1.2 cm above the coils on a 1 cm thick wooden plate
Sham exposure A sham exposure was conducted.
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 10 mT maximum measured - -

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Investigated organ system:
Time of investigation:
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

No differences between the exposed group and the control group were observed regarding locomotor activity and exploration behavior. However, in the exposed group, rats showed significantly more anxiety in the elevated plus maze when compared to the control group.
The authors conclude that exposure to 50 Hz-magnetic field (10 mT, sinusoidal) could promote anxiety-related behavior in rats.

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