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Influence of Space Weather on the Bioelectrical Activity of the Human Brain

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Abstract

A study was performed to investigate the influence of geomagnetic storms at the latitude of Moscow on the electrical activity of the human cerebral cortex. It was shown by electroencephalographic (EEG) measurements that when healthy volunteers aged 18–23 years were performing tasks on a computer during a moderate geomagnetic storm or within 24 h after it, the coherence function values for electrical oscillations in the frontal polar and occipital areas of their brains in the 4.0- to 7.9-Hz range (theta rhythm) decreased typically by a factor of two or more (relative to the values during quiet geomagnetic conditions), although the arterial blood pressure, respiratory rate, and electrocardiographic features registered in parallel did not deviate from their norms.

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  • Electro-neurophysiological effect
  • Geomagnetic storms
  • EEG time series

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Novik, O., Smirnov, F., Volgin, M. (2019). Influence of Space Weather on the Bioelectrical Activity of the Human Brain. In: Electromagnetic Geophysical Fields. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98461-2_6

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