“The effects of exposures to low intensity (1 mW/sq.cm or less), very high frequency (VHF) (147 MHz) electrical fields, amplitude-modulated at biological frequencies (1–25 Hz), were studied on untrained and conditioned chronically implanted cats. The fields were applied between two aluminum plates (identical voltages, 180° phase shift) firmly anchored to the floor of an isolation booth, especially designed for use of VHF fields. The animals were restrained in a hammock, the longitudinal axis of the body kept parallel to the field plates. EEG and EOG were recorded through a system of low pass filters on a Model 6 Grass electroencephalograph and an Ampex FR 1100 tape recorder; behavior was continuously observed through a closed circuit TV.”
“A series of animals was operantly trained to produce specific transient brain rhythms following periodic (every 30 sec) presentations of a light flash stimulus. The levels of performance were established (visual and spectral analysis) during conditioning and extinction schedules for a series of cats submitted to VHF fields amplitude-modulated at the dominant frequencies of the selected transient patterns and for a control group, in the absence of fields. The irradiated animals differed markedly from the control group in the rate of performance, accuracy (in terms of frequency bandwidth) of the reinforced patterns and resistance to extinction (minimum of 50 daysversus10 days).
The specificity of the frequency of the modulation was tested on another group of untrained animals where spontaneous transient patterns were used to trigger for short epochs (20 sec following every burst) the VHF fields amplitude-modulated at various frequencies. The experimental results indicated clearly that the fields were acting as reinforces (increasing the rate of occurence of the spontaneous rhythms) only when modulated at frequencies close to the biologically dominant frequency of the selected intrinsic EEG rhythmic episodes.
Various possible routes of interaction between the external fields and the CNS are discussed, and the hypothesis is offered that the amplitude-modulated VHF fields could influence the excitability of neuronal membranes.”