Hairdriers make you forget for a while

October 9, 1998

Using a hairdrier could damage your short-term memory - but it recovers as soon as the device is switched off, say researchers at the University of Bristol.

Alan Preece and his colleagues conducted standard memory tests on volunteers who had electrical coils placed on either side of their heads. The coils generated an alternating magnetic field but the volunteers were not told whether they were switched on. The researchers found a significant short-term memory loss when the coils were generating a magnetic field

* International Journal of Radiation Biology

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments