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Non-retinal light stimulation and the human biological clock

Rylatt, Daniel 2008, Non-retinal light stimulation and the human biological clock, D.Psych. (Clinical) thesis, School of Psychology, Deakin University.


Title Non-retinal light stimulation and the human biological clock
Alternative title The treatment of borderline personality disorder using dialectical behavior therapy
Author Rylatt, Daniel
Institution Deakin University
School School of Psychology
Faculty Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
Degree name D.Psych. (Clinical)
Date submitted 2008
Keyword(s) Circadian rhythms
Biological rhythms
Light - Physiological effect
Borderline personality disorder - Treatment
Dialectical behavior therapy
Summary Since 1998, debate has occurred over whether light synchronises the human biological clock through the visual system only, or if the light penetrating our skin is also influential. This thesis provides definitive, debate ending, evidence that skin exposure to even intensely bright light has no impact on circadian timing. The portfolio presents a review of the literature regarding the efficacy of dialectical behavior therapy as a treatment for borderline personality disorder, a summary of the proposed mechanisms of action on the various treatment components, and a description of the clinical application of the four 'skills training modules' via the use of four case study examples.
Notes Degree conferred 2010.
Language eng
Description of original 2 v. ; 30 cm.
Dewey Decimal Classification 612.022
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30030545

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