Aberrant light directly impairs mood and learning through melanopsin-expressing neurons

@article{LeGates2012AberrantLD,
  title={Aberrant light directly impairs mood and learning through melanopsin-expressing neurons},
  author={T. LeGates and C. Altimus and Hui Wang and Hey-Kyoung Lee and Sunggu Yang and Haiqing Zhao and A. Kirkwood and E. Weber and S. Hattar},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2012},
  volume={491},
  pages={594-598}
}
The daily solar cycle allows organisms to synchronize their circadian rhythms and sleep–wake cycles to the correct temporal niche. Changes in day-length, shift-work, and transmeridian travel lead to mood alterations and cognitive function deficits. Sleep deprivation and circadian disruption underlie mood and cognitive disorders associated with irregular light schedules. Whether irregular light schedules directly affect mood and cognitive functions in the context of normal sleep and circadian… Expand
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