Effects of light on human melatonin production and the human circadian system

Alfred J. Lewy

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Abstract

1. 1. Bright artificial light appears to have similar effects in humans as in other species. 2. 2. Bright light may therefore be used as a clinical research tool and as a therapeutic modality for treating certain biological rhythm disorders. 3. 3. Melatonin production appears to be a particularly useful "biological marker" for the human endogenous circadian pacemaker and the effects of light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-556
Number of pages6
JournalProgress in Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
Volume7
Issue number4-6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983

Keywords

  • blind subjects
  • circadian rhythms
  • light
  • manic-depressive patients
  • melatonin secretion
  • photoperiodism
  • pineal gland
  • seasonal affective disorder
  • seasonal rhythms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Biological Psychiatry

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