Light, Emotion and Cognition


              The research program in our group is currently focusing on the modulatory effects of ambient light on emotion and cognition. Besides its role in visual perception, light has profound effects on brain and behaviors. Such non-image forming effects include entraining circadian rhythms, promoting alertness or sleep (in diurnal or nocturnal species, respectively), and modulating emotion and cognition.

          We are looking for highly-motivated undergraduate and graduate students to join the team. A postdoctoral position is also available, interested individuals with relevant research background should contact Dr. Yan directly.


A pup born from a grass rat following superovulation! (Photo credit: Katrina Linning-Duffy)