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Am J Physiol. 1985 Aug;249(2 Pt 2):R274-80.

Light effects on circadian timing system of a diurnal primate, the squirrel monkey.


We examined light effects on the circadian timing system of the squirrel monkey. A phase-response curve to 1-h pulses of light was constructed for the drinking rhythm of six animals. The phase-response curve was the same type as that exhibited by nocturnal rodents, with phase delays occurring early in the subjective night and phase advances late in the subjective night. The range of entrainment of 10 monkeys to days with 1 h light and x h dark was determined. Five monkeys used to generate the phase-response curve were also used in the range of entrainment determination. For short light-dark cycles the range of entrainment was smaller than that expected, with no monkey entraining to a day length of less than 23.5 h.

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