Electroencephalographic, personality, and executive function measures associated with frequent mobile phone use

Martijn Arns*, Gilles Van Luijtelaar, Alex Sumich, Rebecca Hamilton, Evian Gordon

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Abstract

The present study employs standardized data acquired from the Brain Resource International Database to study the relationship between mobile phone usage, personality, and brain function (n = 300). Based on the frequency and duration of mobile phone usage, three groups were formed. The findings suggest a subtle slowing of brain activity related to mobile phone use that is not explained by differences in personality. These changes are still within normal physiological ranges. Better executive function in mobile phone users may reflect more focused attention, possibly associated with a cognitive training effect (i.e., frequently making phone calls in distracting places), rather than a direct effect of mobile phone use on cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1341-1360
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Volume117
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cognition
  • EEG slowing
  • GSM
  • mobile phone
  • neuropsychology
  • personality
  • AFFECTS HUMAN SLEEP
  • ELECTROMAGNETIC-FIELD
  • CELLULAR TELEPHONES
  • HUMAN ATTENTION
  • WORKING-MEMORY
  • EEG
  • EXPOSURE
  • HUMANS
  • REPLICATION
  • TASK

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