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Dr. Chandramallika Basak Inspires Students at UTD’s 2013 Scholars Day

The University of Texas at Dallas held its annual Scholars Day presentations on March 2, 2013 for undergraduates and their families. This event provides a platform for the School’s five undergraduate programs via faculty lectures and an informational fair, allowing future students and families a preview into possible academic choices.

The Center for Vital Longevity’s scientist and assistant professor of brain and behavioral sciences, Dr. Chandramallika Basak, was invited to present at the 2013 Scholar’s Day, representing her work and research in cognitive and neuroscience. Dr. Basak’s , lecture, Different slopes for different folks: Finding the best cognitive training Strategies, represents some of the exciting work taking place in The School of Brain and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Basak’s research delves into the science of how some cognitive abilities, such as working memory and multi-tasking, change across the adult lifespan and whether computerized cognitive training can offset some of these age-related declines in cognition.

Pertinent to prospective students, Dr. Basak’s presentation captured their interest with the possibility of the use of video games changing our brain and cognition, particularly in elderly. She summarized how different the individuals benefit from different training strategies, and how individual differences in cognition and brain structure may help us develop tailored cognitive training programs.

“It is important to develop scientific understanding of how we can best maintain, or even improve, cognitive and brain functions into very old age.  Such research can guide us to live independently till late adulthood.”

Prospective students and their families were enlightened, educated, and excited at the possibilities open to their future with UT Dallas at The School of Brain and Behavioral Sciences.  Dr. Basak helps lead the charge with her relevant cutting edge research at the Center for Vital Longevity.