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Re: [visionlist] spectral sensitivity of pupil constriction in mice

Ali –

My suggestion is to use LEDs that emit around 475 nm, as we did in a study of the spectral dependence of form-deprivation myopia (Ghodsi & Stell, oral presentation at IMC 2015: attached, p. 5, abstract O13).

We used a commercially available LED array, intended for treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Philips HF3332/60 GoLITE BLU, λmax=474nm, halfwidth=25nm – which matches the peak absorption of melanopsin, in general, and specifically in mice.

This will avoid completely any illumination in the UV; and, with a long-wavelength-pass filter cutting off around 490-500 nm, you should still have adequate emission from your Ca-imaging dye in the green-yellow range, with no significant signal from the
pupilloconstricting LED.

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From: visionlist-bounces@visionscience.com on behalf of Asli Ayaz Sent: December 22, 2016 4:27 AMTo: visionlist@visionscience.comSubject: [visionlist] spectral sensitivity of pupil constriction in mice


Dear all,

I am writing to get some advice on my experimental design. I would like to measure the pupil dilation/constriction as a measure of arousal in our experimental preparation ( I do 2-Photon calcium imaging of neuronal activity in somatosensory cortex of mice
performing a tactile task) For the sake of simplicity I wanted to stimulate the pupil constriction with an LED.  I know mice have two photo receptors one in UV(~360nm) range and the other M at green (~510 nm).   Since we are imaging neural activity at wavelengths
corresponding to cyan/green/yellow, I wanted to stimulate the eye at another wavelength. To make the long story short :

Is stimulating the eye at or around UV range is an option? Has anybody looked at spectral sensitivity of the pupil size of mice (my literature search failed to find one)?

My concerns/ questions are

1) 350 nm is DNA damaging wavelength (though I do not know the range of power that causes the damage)

2) Transmission of light through the lens at and near UV range is low, although reported ERG activity is still high. Would it be efficient to constrict the pupil or would I be damaging the cornea, lens ?

I can always try to shield my detection system very well and provide a visual stimuli with a screen but at the end I became curious to know the answers to the above questions. I am attaching two papers as  a reference to photo-receptor sensitivity and
the light transmission through the lens.I am looking forward to your answers and advice.

Happy Holidays


Dr. Aslı Ayaz
Brain Research Institute
University of Zurich
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8057 Zurich, Switzerland


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[visionlist] PhD studentship: Vision models and cinema postproduction

PhD studentship: Vision
models and cinema postproduction

The Information and Communication Technologies department at
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) invites applications for
a PhD studentship position. The doctoral student will be joining the
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Candidates should hold an M.Sc. with a solid background in mathematics and be proficient in spoken and written English. Experience in image processing and visual perception would be highly valuable.Contact: please send application with CV, contact information of three references, and a summary of research accomplishments to marcelo DOT bertalmio AT upf DOT edu .DescriptionThe aim of the research work in this PhD Thesis is to translate motion picture know-how into better vision models, then use these models to develop image processing algorithms for cinema postproduction. As it has successfully been proven in the case of paintings, studying the craft of artists can give very profound insights into how vision works. Doing this for movies, where photographic realism can provide a very immersive surrogate for the perception of the real world, we expect to develop improved vision models for contrast and color perception that can be used to automatize filmmaking tasks, optimize results for emerging technologies, and process image content to maintain its appearance constant under changing viewing conditions. Furthermore, these models
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Re: [visionlist] spectral sensitivity of pupil constriction in mice

Re: [visionlist] spectral sensitivity of pupil constriction in mice

[visionlist] PhD studentship vacancy: Goettingen, Germany

[visionlist] *Graduate Programs in Computational Neuroscience* in Berlin; MSc and PhD; deadline March 15, 2017, deadline for PhD scholarships Jan 15, 2017

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