Darcy Diesburg

Finalist

Beta Bursts: Signatures of Our Brain’s Braking System

Darcy Diesburg is a PhD candidate in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Tulsa, where she received degrees in Psychology and Music. Her current work with advisor Jan Wessel addresses a common misconception about brain waves: that they are always, in fact, wave-like. In contrast, she studies short and “burst-y” signatures – beta bursts – whose occurrence throughout the brain relates to our ability to control our actions. After graduation, she plans to conduct post-doctoral research to further investigate how psychologists and neuroscientists can relate the non-wavelike characteristics of brain waves to the activity in brain cells that produce them. Ultimately, she hopes that her research will help scientists studying the control of action and thought link cognitive processes and behavior to underlying brain mechanisms in both health and disease. Darcy is passionate about teaching and mentoring students and junior researchers and hopes to continue in academia. Outside of research and teaching, she also enjoys reading, running, and baking.

Darcy Diesburg
Program: Psychology