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, FTI, 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

Apr. 11, 2018 — We are excited to announce the acceptance of our new paper in Neuropsychologia on how task-related functional connectivity in attentional networks vary across different levels of cognitive control, and across younger and older adults.


Mar. 20, 2018 — Our chapter (Basak & Qin, 2018), titled “Virtual cognitive training in healthy aging and mild cognitive impairment” is now published in Aging, Technology, and Health. Further details can be found on the Publications page.


Jan. 18, 2018 — We are excited to announce the acceptance of our new paper in Neuroimage on how fMRI activations vary across different types of cognitive control costs and age in task-switching. Further details can be found on the Publications page.


Dr. Basak will be presenting her research at a symposium in the Cognitive Aging Conference that will be held in Atlanta, May 2018.

Basak, C., Qin, S., O’Conell, M.A. (Symposium, Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA, May, 2018). Comparing cognitive benefits from single-component and multi-component cognitive training modules: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in healthy aging and mild cognitive impairments.