Basak’s Lifespan Neuroscience and Cognition Lab

The Lifespan Neuroscience and Cognition (LiNC) lab is located in the Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas at Dallas, and is directed by Dr. Chandramallika Basak. We utilize both behavioral and brain imaging techniques (fMRI brain activity, DTI, functional connectivity, EEG) to understand the mechanisms of memory and complex skill and how these abilities may change and be enhanced across our lifespan. Our research is particularly focused on the interaction between working memory and attentional control, sources of individual differences of enhanced learning and memory, and how they are affected by age and memory disorders.

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Highlighted Publications

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.

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.

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., Nashiro, K., & O'Connell, M.A. (2018). Functional magnetic neuroimaging data on age-related differences in task switching accuracy and reverse brain-behavior relationships. Data in Brief, 19, 997-1007.

*O’Connell, M.A., & Basak, C. (2018). Effects of task complexity and age-differences on task-related functional connectivity of attentional networks. Neuropsychologia, 114, 50-64.

Nashiro, K., Qin, S., O’Connell, M.A., & Basak, C. (2018). Age-related Differences in BOLD Modulation to Cognitive Control Costs in a Multitasking Paradigm: Global Switch, Local Switch, and Compatibility-Switch Costs. Neuroimage, 172, 146-161. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.01.030.

Qin, S., Ray, N. R., Ramakrishnan, N., Nashiro, K., O’Connell, M. A. & Basak, C. (2016). Illusory conjunctions in visual short-term memory: Individual differences in corpus callosum connectivity and splitting attention between the two hemifields. Psychophysiology, 53, 1639–1650. doi:10.1111/psyp.12735.

Basak, C. & O’Connell, M.A. (2016). To Switch or not to switch: Role of cognitive control in working memory training in older adults. Special issue on The Temporal Dynamics of Cognitive Processing, Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (230), 1-18. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00230.

Basak, C., & Zelinski, E. (2013). A hierarchical model of working memory and its change in healthy older adults. In T.P. Alloway & R.G. Alloway (Eds.). Working memory: The connected intelligence. New York, London: Psychology Press. 83-106.

Basak, C., & Verhaeghen, P. (2011a). Three Layers of Working Memory: Focus-Switch Costs and Retrieval Dynamics as Revealed by the N-Count Task. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23(2), 204-219. 10.1080/20445911.2011.481621.

Basak, C., Voss, M.W., Erickson, K.I., Boot, W.R., & Kramer, A.F. (2011). Regional differences in brain volume predict the acquisition of skill in a complex real-time strategy video game. Brain and Cognition, 76(3), 407-414. 10.1016/j.bandc.2011.03.017.

Basak, C., & Verhaeghen, P. (2011). Aging and switching the focus of attention in working memory: age differences in item availability but not in item accessibility. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 66(5), 519-526. 10.1093/geronb/gbr028.

Basak, C., Boot, W.R., Voss, M.W., & Kramer, A.F. (2008). Can training in a real-time strategy videogame attenuate cognitive decline in older adults? Psychology and Aging, 23, 765-777. 10.1037/a0013494.

Basak, C., & Verhaeghen, P. (2003). Subitizing speed, subitizing range, counting speed, the Stroop effect, and aging: Capacity differences, speed equivalence. Psychology and Aging, 18, 240-249. 10.1037/0882-7974.18.2.240.


Event — Join Dr. Basak on Saturday, Oct 9, at 2:00 pm for a online event on BACK TO SCHOOL. This event is hosted by 2 student-led organizations (MannMukti and Breaking the Stigma), where Dr. Basak will be talking about mental health issues and psychological challenges faced by students of South Asian origin. Event link

Sep 27, 2021 — Paulina Skolasinska, MA, of Dr. Basak’s LiNC lab, received the 2021 Visionary Scientist Award from Friends of BrainHealth. With this generous award, Paulina and Dr. Basak (faculty mentor and sponsor) will conduct research on the efficacy of a novel behavioral intervention in older adults that will combine meditation with executive function training, and assess the impact of such training on large-scale brain networks engaged during rest and cognitive tasks.

Paulina Skolasinska, MA, and Dr. Basak

Sep. 1, 2021 — Dr. Basak is invited by Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), Calcutta Chapter to speak at their “Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s” conference.

Aug. 20, 2021 — Congratulations to Dr. Evan T. Smith for successfully defending his dissertation on 20th July, 2021. He is moving to a coveted post-doctoral position in UT Dallas.

June 29, 2021 — Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas R. Ray for successfully defending his dissertation on 29th June, 2021.

June 16, 2021 — Evan Smith (first author) and Dr. Basak (corresponding author and PI) co-authored an article on chess expertise and visuo-spatial short-term memory in the journal, Memory and Cognition.

April 22, 2021 — Dr. Basak’s manuscript on Chess Expertise and Visuo-Spatial Working Memory has been accepted for publication by Memory and Cognition. We are grateful to Jim Stallings of UT Dallas’ Chess Club and participants of this study. Email Dr. Basak about any queries on this paper, which is titled, “Are the Advantages of Chess Expertise on Visuo-Spatial Working Memory Capacity Domain Specific or Domain General?”

April 9, 2021 — Evan Smith successfully defended his dissertation proposal today, titled “Cognitive and brain reserve as predictors of a working memory-based video game training: individual-level influences of learning and transfer”. Congratulations to Evan!

April 9, 2021 — Congratulations to Dr. Qin and Dr. Basak on their latest manuscript being accepted for peer-reviewed publication at the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. The manuscript is titled, “Comparing the effects of two cardiovascular health factors on working memory capacity in healthy aging: separate and combined effects of arterial elasticity and physical fitness.”

Feb. 25, 2021 — Paulina gave an excellent talk at UTD’s Psychology Lecture Series titled “Influence of Fitness on Age-Related Differences in Varieties of Cognitive Control: BOLD Modulations During Predictability, Switching, and Updating”.

Oct. 30, 2020 — Dr. Basak is senior author of a study published Sept. 9 in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience that uses functional MRI (fMRI) to investigate the effects of low fitness levels and hardened arterial walls on brain activations during a task-switching exercise — Brain Imaging Links Cardiovascular Health to Multitasking Ability.

Sep. 21, 2020 — Can video games improve your memory? Dr. Chandramallika Basak discusses a recently published study from her lab which analyzed the type of video game genres that could potentially work to our cognitive benefit. Watch on YouTube.

Sep. 11, 2020 — When it rains, it pours! Another publication of Dr. Basak is out. This study was led by Amy Berglund-Barraza (a student of Dr. Julia Evans). Adults with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) underwent anodal HD tDCS stimulation. We investigated changes in frontal lobe activations during working memory in these adults before and after the stimulation.

Sep. 11, 2020 — Proud to announce a new journal article from the LiNC lab. In this fMRI study, we investigated how having multiple cardiovascular risk factors affects older adults’ brain activations during multi-tasking. Please read (and cite)!

Aug. 13, 2020 — Dr. Basak was interviewed by The Dallas Morning News regarding how her research has shifted or adapted with the COVID-19 situation. Dr. Basak discussed how she has harnessed technological tools in innovative ways to continue to conduct longitudinal research in children and middle-aged adults, as well as continue federally-funded clinical trials in older adults. She talked about how she and her team have developed new psychological testing tools which allows for assessment of human cognition remotely, as well as programmed games and videos to deploy cognitive interventions remotely. The technological skills of her lab played a key role in identifying opportunities of conducting remote human subjects research to a widespread group of adults and children. Read the article (subscription only).

Aug. 13, 2020 — Lab research by Qin and Basak, titled “Influence of multiple cardiovascular risk factors on task-switching in older adults: an fMRI study” has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (section Cognitive Neuroscience). This research is part of Dr. Qin’s dissertation thesis.

Aug. 10, 2020 — Dr. Basak collaborated with Dr. Evans, Dr. Hart, Dr. Tian and Berglund-Barraza on this recently accepted manuscript, “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.” This manuscript is accepted for publication in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, section Brain Imaging and Stimulation.

Aug. 6-8, 2020 — Dr. Basak will be presenting research at the American Psychological Association’s 2020 convention. Her two talks will be in two different symposiums — one focusing on technology and aging, and another on modifiable factors of aging.

Aug. 1, 2020 — LiNC lab gains 2 more doctoral students! Welcome to Glenn Hulon Sherard and Kristen Platt to the lab.

July 21, 2020 — Please join me in congratulating Nick Ray on successfully defending his dissertation proposal today, titled “White Matter Changes Associated with Different Types of Computerized Cognitive Training in Healthy Aging”.

Mar. 30, 2020 — Dr. Basak is an invited panelist at the Audubon’s Conservation Leaders for Young Women (ACL). In this Career Panel, female high school students interested in STEM will sit in a round table conversation with female scientists, to learn about our chosen careers and the paths we took to get there.