Conference Paper

Blue light and its effects on sleep and cognition

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  • Institute of Neuropsychiatric Care (INEP), Prague, Czech Republic
Conference Paper

Blue light and its effects on sleep and cognition

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Abstract

Sleep and circadian rhythmicity play a highly active and substantial role in cognition. One of the important roles of sleep is the process of consolidation of memories via hippocampo-cortical interplay. Recent research shows how sleep rhythms may contribute to memory enhancement in both healthy and diseased brain. Could sleep itself be considered a novel therapeutic target? Does it hold any promise for amelioration or recovery of neuropathological changes in the brain? Neurobiological studies also show that blue light is another powerful modulator of other cognitive domains such as vigilance or executive functions. Could light interventions lead to better concentration during school classes, or perhaps aid us reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents? How to prevent artificial light from disrupting our sleep and desynchronizing our biological clocks? Take a peek at the cutting-edge research on the intersection of sleep and cognition where psychology meets neuroscience.

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