melanopsin, ipRGCs, colour vision, rods and cones, pupillary light reflex, non-image-forming vision
MA (Hons) PhD
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow
- Biomedical Sciences Junior Research Fellow, Linacre College
How does the human non-image-forming visual system represent, encode and process light and color?
I am interested in how light affects our brain, physiology and behaviour beyond what we consciously see and perceive. I am specifically interested in the short-wavelength (blue) sensitive photopigment melanopsin, which aids in synchronising our bodies and brains to the prevailing light-dark cycle, and in controlling the size of the pupil.
2016–2017 Stanford University, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences)
2012–2016 University of Pennsylvania, PhD
2009–2012 University of St Andrews, MA (Hons) Psychology
The Neon Fruit Illusion: A Fresh Recipe for Colour Science Demonstrations.
Harvey J. et al, (2019), Perception
Find the switch for healthy artificial lighting.
Spitschan M., (2019), Nature, 566
Comment on 'Domestic light at night and breast cancer risk: a prospective analysis of 105000 UK women in the Generations Study'.
Kyba CCM. and Spitschan M., (2019), Br J Cancer, 120, 276 - 277
Pupil responses to hidden photoreceptor-specific modulations in movies.
Spitschan M. et al, (2019), PLoS One, 14
Pulses of Melanopsin-Directed Contrast Produce Highly Reproducible Pupil Responses That Are Insensitive to a Change in Background Radiance.
McAdams H. et al, (2018), Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 59, 5615 - 5626