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
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
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
The Method of Silent Substitution for Examining Melanopsin Contributions to Pupil Control.
Spitschan M. and Woelders T., (2018), Front Neurol, 9
Erratum: Variation of outdoor illumination as a function of solar elevation and light pollution.
Spitschan M. et al, (2017), Sci Rep, 7