Novel exposure units for at-home personalized testing of electromagnetic sensibility

Anke Huss, Manuel Murbach, Imke van Moorselaar, Niels Kuster, Rob van Strien, Hans Kromhout, Roel Vermeulen, Pauline Slottje

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    Previous experimental studies on electromagnetic hypersensitivity have been criticized regarding inflexibility of choice of exposure and of study locations. We developed and tested novel portable exposure units that can generate different output levels of various extremely low frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MF; 50 Hz field plus harmonics) and radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF). Testing was done with a group of healthy volunteers (n = 25 for 5 ELF-MF and n = 25 for 5 RF-EMF signals) to assess if units were indeed able to produce double-blind exposure conditions. Results substantiated that double-blind conditions were met; on average participants scored 50.6% of conditions correct on the ELF-MF, and 50.0% on the RF-EMF unit, which corresponds to guessing probability. No cues as to exposure conditions were reported. We aim to use these units in a future experiment with subjects who wish to test their personal hypothesis of being able to sense or experience when being exposed to EMF. The new units allow for a high degree of flexibility regarding choice of applied electromagnetic signal, output power level and location (at home or another environment of subjects' choosing). Bioelectromagnetics. 37:62-68, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)62-8
    Number of pages7
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


    • radiofrequency electromagnetic fields
    • electromagnetic sensibility
    • electromagnetic hypersensitivity


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