19 September 2018

Delayed effects of exposure to light

Thesis defense
Van Someren Group

Wisse van der Weijden will defend his thesis entitled “Left in the Dark: Wavelength-dependent Post-illumination Effects on Human Physiology and Behavior” at the University of Amsterdam on Wednesday, September 19th at 10 am.

Intrinsic photosensitive retinal ganglion cells in the retina are of great importance for the non-imaging effects of ambient light. The functional effects of light in which these cells play a role, including changes in various aspects of human sleep on the functional systems involved in the regulation of sleep, can persist for a long time after stopping exposure to light. Wisse van der Meijden investigates such sleep-related belated effects of light exposure in the context of physiology and behavior. Among other things, he looks at factors such as pupil diameter, reaction speed, heart rate and sleep tendency after exposure to red light and how these effects relate to functional changes after blue and green light.

Promoters are prof. Dr. E.J.W. van Someren (VU), Prof. P. Bourgin (University of Strasbourg) and Prof. C. Cajochen (Universität Basel). Copromotor is Prof. A. Kalsbeek.

Aula – Oude Lutherse kerk
Singel 411 | 1012 XM Amsterdam

Source: UvA