Color of Light Affects Mood

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In research that may have implications for depression in humans, researchers at Ohio State find that hamsters exposed to blue and white light rather than red light while sleeping exhibited depressed behavior. The authors suggest limiting exposure to TVs and computer screens at night. The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Bedrosian, T., Vaughn, C., Galan, A., Daye, G., Weil, Z., Nelson, R.; Nocturnal Light Exposure Impairs Affective Responses in a Wavelength-Dependent Manner. Journal of Neuroscience. Online August 7, 2013

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Study: Light Color Affects Mood (Voice of America)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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