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In today’s post I want to introduce you to a once (and hopefully future) University of Bergen student and a research study.  Our once and future student is currently working as a research-assistant at the university and one of the projects she is working on may be of interest to you.  If it sparks your interest, you can even participate with a very short time investment (for more details see below). And now, without further ado, meet a research-assistant from UiB!

Hei, hei, Lynn

Meet Lynn Marquardt, a research-assistant with the Bergen fMRI-group, an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Bergen (UiB) and Haukeland University Hospital. In case you don’t know, fMRI stands for functional magnetic resonance imaging, this can measure brain activity based on changes caused by blood flow using MRI technology.

imageHei, Lynn! Nice to meet you! (In the interest of transparency, I have actually met Lynn many times before) Photo: Stand Hiestand

Lynn’s background

Lynn received her masters of medical biology from UiB in spring 2015 and she has applied for a PhD here as well, in the department of Biological and Medical Psychology.  She was born in Berlin, but has been in Norway since she was just 13 years old.  She lived in Voss when she first arrived, when she was done with high school she moved to Ecuador to spend a year volunteering.  After her gap year she moved Bergen to study a bachelors of molecular biology at UiB.

lets-travel-to-ecuador-with-dario-endara-featuredBeautiful Ecuador! Now I wanna go! Image:

What Lynn loves about her work

Lynn enjoys conducting research with sophisticated brain imaging methods, which allows her to learn about the actual structural differences in the brain that cause certain mental conditions.  She is excited about this fairly new field of research. She believes there’s a lot of promise for progress in the next 10 years that may transform the treatment of some mental conditions.

She also enjoys the people in her department and her direct interaction with patients.  She finds it engaging to relate to the people who are affected by her work.  She appreciates having a personal experience of interaction directly with patients, instead of being in the lab without ever meeting the people downstream who will benefit from her research.

image-7fMR-Image:… Lynn would like us to note, this is actually a photo of a DTI method, “which measures water molecule diffusion in neurons in order to catch connectivity.”

What does Lynn do apart from work?

In her spare time, she enjoys archery, hiking, jogging, and swimming.  She may occasionally get her arm twisted into signing up for half-marathons by good friends who then become injured and can’t join… so she runs them anyway! She loves to travel, and she is a woman who likes a beer.


Adult coloring books. Image:

She doesn’t want me to tell you about her black belt in tae kwon do, but she’s comfortable sharing that she’s obsessed with the step-counter on her new smart watch.  She also admits to her addiction to the crack that is adult coloring books, despite the fact that she thinks it is “a bit lame”. She didn’t seem reassured when I told her my mom is also into them.



imageLynn showing off her ‘true colors’. Photo: Stand Hiestand

Coloring books are actually a superb segue into one of the research projects she’s currently working on…

The study

The University of Bergen has partnered with the University of Lausanne, Switzerland for a large-scale, cross-cultural study examining color and emotion. Many people associate a specific emotion with a specific color.  We may do so when we see a color, or even when we just visualize it.


rothco-jpgI’m pretty sure Rothco thought people associated color with specific emotions, or maybe I was just bsing on that paper I did for art class. Image:

Some studies have been done on emotional association with colors, but these are primarily only in the Western context and they are often marketing studies.  In order to…

a) improve upon these studies with a more systematic approach
b) seek cultural differences
c) consider differences between men and women and
d) determine if there are differences among age groups

the study group needs more participants! Almost 3000 people from about 20 countries have already participated, but the researchers are only about half way to their participation goal.

HGTV_Color-Wheel-Monochromatic_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960I’m not supposed to make a ‘feeling blue’ joke her because it might ‘prime’ people who could participate. So I made a primer joke! Get it? Image:

Want to join the study?

  • The study takes about 5-10 minutes.
  • It is available in Norwegian and 30 other languages, including English.


Be one of the diverse group who participates in this study! All ages and cultures welcome! Image:

If you are willing to join, you can take the color-poll here.  The link will take you to the Norwegian intake page. You can choose your native language by changing it in the menu on the right top corner of this Norwegian intake page.



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