Microwaves and Behavior

DON R. JUSTESEN

Laboratories of Experimental Neuropsychology, Veterans Administration Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri

Investigations of radio-frequency energy reportedly first got underway in the United States in the 1950s, a renewed out-pouring of support in research on microwaves was mentioned by Jack Anderson in a Washington Post article. Apparently the U.S. Embassy in Moscow was bugged by Russians, they had presented a Ambassador a carved Seal of the United States in 1945, a security check in 1952 revealed that this seal, which was in a room where conversations by US officials could be heard, contained a bug. In later sweeps of the embassy in the 1960s, the Soviets were found to be directing microwave energy at the embassy. DARPA’s predecessor (ARPA) put together a lab at Walter Reed Army Institute with the help of Joeself Sharp and Mark Grove to study the psychological effects of microwave radiation.

It was found that even subjects that could not hear microwaves directed by them, could still hear clicking sounds when materials such as carbon-impregnated plastic or crumpled sheets of tin foil were placed between the head and the pulsed microwave energy.

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