The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Chandramallika Basak

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Attentional control and working memory, cognitive training strategies, neural and cognitive predictors of complex skill acquisition, and aging

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3724
Office: VP_8.15B
Campus Mail Code: VP 10
Website: Lifespan Neuroscience and Cognition (LiNC) Laboratory


Dr. Basak utilizes both behavioral and brain imaging techniques (fMRI brain activity, DTI, functional connectivity, EEG) to understand the mechanisms of memory, cognitive control and complex skill acquisition, and how these abilities vary with age, expertise, and behavioral interventions. Her research incorporates both basic science approaches as well as translational approaches from the fields of experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, computer science and statistics. Dr. Basak earned her BSc (Mathematics Honours) and MSc (Silver Medalist) from University of Calcutta, India, and her dual MS and PhD from Syracuse University, followed by a Beckman Institute Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to moving to UT Dallas, she was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rice University.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

(* indicates that Dr. Basak is the Corresponding Author and the PI)

Berglund-Barraza, A., Tian, F., Basak, C., Hart, J., & Evans, J.L. (2020). Tracking changes in frontal lobe hemodynamic response in individual adults with Developmental Language Disorder following HD tDCS enhanced phonological working memory training: An fNIRS feasibility study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 362.

*Qin, S., & Basak, C. (2020b). Influence of multiple cardiovascular risk factors on task-switching in older adults: An fMRI study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 561877.

*Smith, E.T., Bhaskar, B., Hinerman, A., & Basak, C. (2020). Past gaming experience and cognition as selective predictors of novel game learning across different gaming genres. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 786.

Basak, C., Qin, S., O’Connell, M.A. (2020). Differential effects of cognitive training modules on healthy aging and mild cognitive impairment: a comprehensive meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Psychology and Aging, 35(2), 220-249.

*Qin, S. & Basak, C. (2020a). Age-related differences in brain activations during working memory updating: an fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 138, 107335.

Berglund-Barraza, A., Tian, F., Basak, C., & Evans, J. (2019). Word frequency is associated with cognitive effort during verbal working memory: a functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2019.00433.

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