Dr Manuel Spitschan

University Research Lecturer and Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow - Department of Experimental Psychology


I am interested in how light affects our brain, physiology and behaviour beyond what we consciously see and perceive. I am specifically interested in the short-wavelength (blue) sensitive photopigment melanopsin, which aids in synchronising our bodies and brains to the prevailing light-dark cycle, and in controlling the size of the pupil.


  • Vision
  • Visual perception
  • Light and lighting
  • Colour vision
  • Sleep
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Retina
  • Eye

Media experience

Interviews with BBC (published in writing)

Wall Street Journal

Nature Media training with Royal Society

Production of own video series


English, German, French