Neuroimaging study reveals how light-sensitive signals reach the brain and how regions associated with mood process those signals. Some regions of the cerebral cortex associated with cognitive and mood processing show sensitivity to light intensity.
Exposure to artificial light while sleeping is associated with weight gain and an increased risk of obesity in women. Compared to those who slept without artificial light, those who slept with television or light on were 17% more likely to have an 11 pound or more increase in weight.
Night time white lighting in hospital rooms has been linked to higher rates of inflammation, apoptosis and mortality risk for those who have recently experienced a cardiac event.
Stronger pupillary light reflex in infants is linked to an increased risk of autism diagnosis later in life, researchers report. Additionally, the amount of pupil restriction in infancy is associated with the strength of autism symptoms by the age of 3.
Researchers have created a silicon mesh that can be crafted to help stimulate neurons, limbs and tissue.
A number of recent research papers have warned about the effects of blue light emitted from smart phones can have on sleep patterns. A new study reveals wearing specially designed glasses with amber lenses, or using amber light functions on devices can reduce insomnia for those who use their phones at bed time.
A new study reveals a connection between light sensitive nerve cells in the eyes and areas of the brain that regulate mood. The findings may help explain how light can induce some of the negative emotions that often accompany migraines.
A new study reveals the color of light can have an impact on whether we're sleepy or fully aroused.