To study the effects of chronic low-intensity continuous wave irradiation on one innate (locomotor activity) and two learned behaviors (discriminative operant reward conditioning and Sidman avoidance) of rats.
|Exposure duration||continuous for 5 h/day, 5 days/week for 22 weeks|
|SAR||2.3 W/kg||average over time||-||-||-|
Exposure to 2.45 GHz irradiation was associated with: a) a statistically significant increase in locomotor activity, b) a statistically reliable evidence of disrupted differential responding during tests of a reinforced operant behavior, but c) no differential effects on the performance on Sidman avoidance response. The effects emerged almost immediately following the onset of irradiation and persisted throughout the course of a 22 week sequence of exposures. Sampling of rectal temperature revealed no indication of elevation of body temperature.