How does blue-enriched light affect the brain of teenagers?

The projects of the ESRs are really taking shape! Roya Sharifpour (ESR04) is starting her investigation of the non-image forming (NIF) impacts of blue-enriched light (the light emitted from LEDs and screens of electronic devices) on the teenagers’ brain with a study in which she wants to determine which parts of the brain are subject to NIF  effects of blue light and how the brain function is affected when one is exposed to this blue light. In order to do this, she is using different neuro-imaging tools, including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation combined with electroencephalography (TMS-EEG) at GIGASLEEP Liège, Belgium. As some of these tools are completely new to her, this first study already provides learning opportunities. 

The MRI with light cage for Roya’s experiments

Roya is very excited about starting this study. Because it is a very practical topic, she says the results can definitely applied in everyday life. In the end, she hopes to help a group of frequent consumers of artificial blue light, teenagers, with the outcome of her study. We are very curious what Roya’s study will reveal and look forward to the results!

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