• The Center mourns the loss of a dear friend and tireless CVL supporter. click here

  • CVL councilmember and benefactor’s life remembered in the Dallas Morning here

  • Aging-themed issue of Nautilus Magazine explores cognitive benefits of learning a new game such as chess, cites here

  • ‘Fitizen’ group at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas learns about research at CVL. click here

  • CVL research published in JoN finds that some memories persist in the face of strong interference. click here

  • Dr. Sara Festini’s research probes busyness levels and cognitive here

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Center Lab to Begin Study Using Form of Cognitive Training that Could Help Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

DALLAS – Feb. 6, 2018 – Dr. Chandramallika Basak and her Lifespan Neuroscience & Cognition Lab (LiNC) at the Center for Vital Longevity have been chosen as a test site for evaluating a genre of cognitive training that may enhance brain plasticity and delay the onset or progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

In collaboration with the University of Iowa, Dr. Basak’s lab will be using a Posit Science Corporation cognitive training module to see what types of computer-based exercises might lead to significant and sustained cognitive benefit in healthy older adults, which may yield protective effects against Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory impairments.

This BETTER (Brain Enhancement Training Toward Elders’ Resilience to Aging) study will recruit about 120 participants aged 65 years and older, and place them on a sustained regimen of up to five sessions per week for a total of 52 sessions that consist of playing a set of computerized adaptive cognitive training games that can be played on a personal computer from one’s home. In this clinical trial, participants will also undergo imaging and neuropsychological testing before and after the training. It is the first time this software will be tested as a possible intervention for improving both brain and cognition in older adults across multiple national sites.

Dr. Basak and her team have already been investigating the brain regions typically associated with different video games and cognitive training strategies in both younger and older adults. Lately their work has focused on whether processing speed and connectivity in a brain region associated with memory might be linked to learning to play strategy-based games.

“Processing speed, memory, and executive function are all implicated in people with normal and abnormal age-related cognitive decline,” Dr. Basak says, “The aim of this study is to see whether quality of life of individuals with cognitive decline can be extended or even improved with the use of adaptive cognitive training programs.”

Dr. Basak is already recruiting for this study, which begins in earnest later this month. For more information, please visit the Lifespan Neuroscience & Cognition Lab (LiNC).

Support for the study comes from the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research Program, with $420,000 going to Dr. Basak over three years.


Founded in 2010, CVL is a research center of the University of Texas at Dallas, with scientists studying the cognitive neuroscience of aging and ways to maintain cognitive health for life. Researchers at CVL also investigate how to slow cognitive aging and methods for the early detection of age-related neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Other research includes studies investigating the cognitive neuroscience of memory, and other fundamental cognitive processes.