Individual differences and diversity in human physiological responses to light

Spitschan, Manuel and Santhi, Nayantara (2022) Individual differences and diversity in human physiological responses to light. EBioMedicine. p. 103640. ISSN 2352-3964 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ebiom.2021.103640

Abstract

Exposure to light affects our physiology and behaviour through a pathway connecting the retina to the circadian pacemaker in the hypothalamus – the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). Recent research has identified significant individual differences in the non-visual effects of light,mediated by this pathway. Here, we discuss the fundamentals and individual differences in the non-visual effects of light. We propose a set of actions to improve our evidence database to be more diverse: understanding systematic bias in the evidence base, dedicated efforts to recruit more diverse participants, routine deposition and sharing of data, and development of data standards and reporting guidelines.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: M.S. is supported by the Wellcome Trust (204686/Z/16/Z, 204686/Z/16/A).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Non-visual effects of light, Circadian rhythms, Individual differences, Diversity, Data sharing, Open science
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2022 08:26
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 08:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48165

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