Light and the Brain

  • Published19 Jul 2021
  • Author Cyrenna Cooper
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Have you ever noticed how light can positively or negatively affect your attitude? Spending time outdoors in sunlight can make you happy, while bright light can also make a migraine worse.

In a 2018 study, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) discovered the parts of the brain responsible for light’s mood-altering effects.  In this roundup, learn more about the way light affects the brain.

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