The Effect of Low Energy, Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Electromagnetic Radiation on Operant Behavior in the Pigeon and the Rat.
Final rept. 15 Sep 71-31 Dec 72,
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Extremely low frequency ELF electromagnetic fields at 45, 60, and 75 Hz, up to 2 Gauss and 100 Voltsmeter were explored for possible effects on operant behavior of pigeons and rats. No reliable effects were seen on a temporal discrimination procedure in which pigeons had to respond differentially depending upon the duration of a stimulus. Detection was explored in both pigeons and rats by attempting to use ELF fields as discriminative or conditioned stimuli. No reliable indication of detection was found in either species. This result was further confirmed by a preference procedure using pigeons, the results of which indicated that ELF signals at the parameters studied had no reliable reinforcing or punishing properties. Author