The Effect of Magnetic Fields upon the Central Nervous System

  • Robert O. Becker


The possible effects of magnetic fields on neural functioning and human behavior have been much discussed since the time of Mesmer. Only within recent years, however, has this problem been subjected to appropriate experimentation, and at this writing there would appear to be little doubt that some interaction exists between central nervous system (CNS) function and external magnetic fields. This concept has in the past been viewed with considerable skepticism in scientific quarters since civilized man is exposed to a multitude of electromagnetic fields, all apparently with no effect whatsoever. The writer believes, however, that an expanding technology may well be productive of magnetic environments in the future, that could have significant effects upon the human population, that may or may not be undesirable. It therefore appears desirable to briefly review the present state of knowledge in this area and to attempt to categorize it in some fashion. Hopefully, this will serve to indicate the direction in which we should proceed to determine the basis for the interaction between neural structures and magnetic fields, for it is only with this knowledge that we can intelligently predict the possible undesirable effects of human exposures to new and different types of such force fields.


Magnetic Field Critical Flicker Fusion Frequency Neural Functioning Vectorial Relationship Central Nervous System Functioning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert O. Becker
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Upstate Medical CenterState University of New YorkSyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Veterans Administration HospitalSyracuseUSA

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