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 human visual cortex response to melanopsin-directed stimulation is accompanied by a distinct perceptual experience.
Spitschan M. et al, (2017), Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 114, 12291 - 12296
Vision: Melanopsin as a Raumgeber.
Spitschan M. and Aguirre GK., (2017), Curr Biol, 27, R644 - R646
Chromatic clocks: Color opponency in non-image-forming visual function.
Spitschan M. et al, (2017), Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 78, 24 - 33
Variation of outdoor illumination as a function of solar elevation and light pollution.
Spitschan M. et al, (2016), Sci Rep, 6
Human Visual Cortex Responses to Rapid Cone and Melanopsin-Directed Flicker
Spitschan M. et al, (2016), JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, 36, 1471 - 1482