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TLU’s 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Presents at State Capitol

Linden Williamson, TLU’s 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher, recently represented the university at the Undergraduate Research Day (UGRD) at the State Capitol in Austin. Her poster, titled Behavioral and brain measures corroborate chromesthesia, a case study, represented data collected with Psychology Professor Dr. Scott Bailey in TLU’s functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) laboratory. The project was a key step in demonstrating that fNIRS can be used to affirm synesthetic brain activation and revealed that with attentional control the amount of self-reported and objectively measured brain activation can be both increased and decreased.

Linden Williamson presenting at the 2023 Undergraduate Research Day in Austin.

Williamson, a junior Integrated Science and Biochemistry double major, presented her data among 55 total presenters. The URGD event was sponsored by the Council of Public University Presidents & Chancellors, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, and the association of Texas Graduate Admissions Professionals. URGD is held on alternating years when the state legislature is in session as a celebration of higher education and undergraduate research in Texas.