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Seasonal Photoperiodic Responses of the Human Circadian System

  • Thomas A. Wehr
Part of the Handbook of Behavioral Neurobiology book series (HBNE, volume 12)

Abstract

Among the many external changes to which organisms must adapt is the special class of changes that predictably recur in association with daily and seasonal cycles in the environment. In the course of their evolution, most forms of life have taken advantage of the predictability of these changes by developing temporal programs that trigger adaptive responses to them in anticipation of their periodic recurrence.

Keywords

Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Melatonin Secretion Seasonal Affective Disorder Phase Response Curve Circadian Pacemaker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas A. Wehr
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  1. 1.Clinical Psychobiology Branch, Intramural Research ProgramNational Institute of Mental HealthBethesda

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