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dc.contributor.authorNeufeld, Teagan-
dc.description.abstractNontraditional environmental factors such the geomagnetic field and background biophoton emission have the potential to influence human brain activity. The relationship between brain activity and geomagnetic field activity fluctuations as well as background photon emission were examined over the course of this study. An electroencephalographic database of 184 participants was amalgamated with a geomagnetic field database and a background photon emission database to be analyzed. The results showed that increased geomagnetic field activity was positively correlated with an increased alpha power from the right hemisphere of the brain and that as background photon emission increased, an increase in theta and alpha activity from the frontal lobe was observed. We further investigated the effect of geomagnetic fields by observing planaria behaviour after being exposed to one of six applied electromagnetic fields created to mimic a geomagnetic storm ranging in intensity from 0.1µT to 3.5µT. Planaria were split into two groups: control, and acute 10µM nicotine exposure 24 hours prior to behavioural observation. The behavioural observation results showed that planarian mobility increased when exposed to the synthetic geomagnetic storm electromagnetic field. Planaria experiencing nicotine withdrawal exhibited more aversive behaviour after being exposed to any intensity of the synthetic geomagnetic storm electromagnetic field. The data demonstrates that an electromagnetic field mimicking a geomagnetic storm can exacerbate aversive behaviour in planaria, especially in planaria experiencing nicotine withdrawal. In conclusion, both geomagnetic field and background photon emission correlated with brain activity. This research has given reason to consider how important non-traditional environmental factors are and how they factor into day-to-day life for biological individuals.en_US
dc.subjectApplied synthetic geomagnetic storm fielden_US
dc.subjectbackground photon emissionen_US
dc.subjectelectroencephalograph (EEG)en_US
dc.subjectnicotine withdrawalen_US
dc.titleThe influence background fluctuations of electromagnetic fields and biophoton emission has on behaviour: a correlational and experimental investigationen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Science (MSc) in Biologyen_US
dc.publisher.grantorLaurentian University of Sudburyen_US
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