Headshot portrait of Irawadee Thawornbut - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2022 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Undeclared
Mentor: Todd Coleman (Bioengineering)

“Investigation of Gut-Brain Interactions in Positive and Negative Social Interactions Using the Electroencephalogram and Electrogastrogram”

Irawadee’s research project focuses on how interoception, sensation from within the body, plays a role in social interaction through studying to what extent gut and brain interact. This research will first analyze patterns in brain and gut activities (i.e., electroencephalogram (EEG) and electrogastrogram (EGG) signals, respectively) in an individual during a collaborative video game followed by measuring EEG synchronization between that individual and their partner. If the results of this research are significant, findings can be used to maximize team performance and applied to using brain and other nervous signals to create biomarkers for how well people will perform in team sports. This research combines the use of signal processing and neuroscience with the study of human performance in social interactions.