According to a Swiss study carried out on young people aged 12 to 17, the waves emitted by smartphones affect memory.
Smartphones could be harmful to the memory of young people. This is what a study conducted by the Swiss Public Health Institute, Swiss TPH, for one year, among 700 adolescents aged 12 to 17 years, concludes.
According to the Swiss TPH, the high-frequency electromagnetic fields given off by smartphones can have harmful effects on the development of memory in different areas of the brain. The study highlights a significant drop in the performance of “figurative memory” in young people who use their cell phones on the right ear. This memory of shapes develops mainly in the right hemisphere of the brain. To evaluate it, tests are carried out on a computer using various abstract figures that must be assembled.
Absorption of electromagnetic waves ...
According to Professor Martin Röösli, the originator of the study, the dose of electromagnetic radiation absorbed by the students is responsible for the significant drop in memory performance observed during these tests. By comparison, according to the study, sending messages, playing video games or surfing the Internet only generates a slight irradiation of areas of the brain linked to memory.
This tends to confirm that cell phones are harmful to memory when glued to the ear, which the results of a first survey conducted in 2015 and published in the journal Environment International already seemed to indicate. However, the researchers believe that more research is needed to rule out certain factors, such as puberty, which can also have consequences on cognitive abilities.
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The study conducted by the Swiss team also echoes the conclusions of experts from the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) who, in 2016, warned of the possible effects of EMF waves on the cognitive functions of the youngest.