Nonlinear Dynamics

, Volume 93, Issue 4, pp 2473–2485 | Cite as

Effects of the electromagnetic radiation on cognitive performance: a model study

  • Weijie YeEmail author
  • Weidong Mai
  • Guiwu Hu
Original Paper


We constructed a two-layer network model to study the effect of electromagnetic radiation on the cognitive functions. The network model was used to simulate two cognitive tasks under the electromagnetic radiation: the visual-guided saccade task and the memory-guided saccade task. The performance of these tasks showed that the electromagnetic radiation could induce faster ramping up activities, higher level of persistent activities and shorter reaction time, but the basic functions of the network such as working memory and motor output did not impair. We found that the electromagnetic radiation have both excitatory effect and inhibitory effect on the neuronal activities of the network model, but the excitatory effect played a major role. Finally, we concluded an excitatory mechanism to explain the effects of the electromagnetic radiation on the cognitive performance.


Electromagnetic radiation Working memory Network model Saccade Cognitive function 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11702064), and by the Science and Technology Program of Guangzhou, China (Grant No. 201707010227).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Statistics and MathematicsGuangdong University of Finance and EconomicsGuangzhouChina

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