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.

Recent Publications

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.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 7, 2018 — Dr. Basak is invited to give a talk at the Department of Psychology and Special Education at Texas A & M University Commerce, Commerce, TX. The talk is titled, “Aging Brain and its Plasticity”.


Nov. 16, 2018 — Dr. Basak will be presenting at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, Louisiana. She will speak on the topic — Are the Advantages of Chess Expertise on Visuo-spatial Working Memory Capacity Domain Specific or Domain General?


Nov. 6, 2018 — Congratulations to Dr. Margaret O’Connell for successfully defending her dissertation. Margaret O’Connell, a doctoral student of Dr. Basak, successfully defended her dissertation today, an important step to obtain her PhD from The University of Texas at Dallas. She is the first doctoral student of Dr. Basak, and therefore, the first PhD from the Basak lab. We are thrilled with Dr. O’Connell’s success!


Oct. 27, 2018 — Congratulations to Shuo Qin for receiving a travel award, for which she was nominated by Dr. Basak, to attend the NatureJobs Career Expo to be held in Houston, TX.


Sep. 7, 2018 — Dr. Basak and Evan Smith will be giving a presentation each on the LiNC lab’s research at the Dallas Austin Area Memory Meeting, Baylor University, Waco, TX. Evan will be presenting results from his first-year project, titled, “Cognitive and gray matter volume predictors of learning of two types of video-games in older adults”. Dr. Basak will be giving a talk on age-related differences in the attentional networks as evidenced by functional neuroimaging during working memory updating.


Aug. 28, 2018 — LiNC lab welcomes Paulina Skolsinska, a new PhD student in the cognition and neuroscience program. Paulina did her master’s in psychology from The University of Warsaw, and has an interest in cognitive neuroscience of the aging brain, especially how cognitive and physical training affect it. She likes to ride her longboard, looking for new places to eat in her spare time.