The Park Aging Mind Laboratory at The University of Texas at Dallas is a part of the Center for Vital Longevity. The lab is dedicated to unlocking the secrets of the aging mind and the maintenance of cognitive health. Led by director Dr. Denise C. Park, lab scientists use advanced brain-imaging technology and research techniques in cognitive science with the aim of understanding, maintaining and improving the vitality of the aging mind. The evidence-based results from such studies ultimately could lead to new interventions to maintain mental vitality in an aging populace.
If you are interested joining the Park Lab as a doctoral graduate student, please contact Dr. Park and apply to the Cognition and Neuroscience School Program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
The Park Aging Mind Lab's postdoctoral fellow, Zhuang Song, elucidated the structure and role of a little understood neural pathway known as the “perforant path" at the CVL Science Luncheon Series. For more information, click here.
The Park Aging Mind Lab's newest postdoctoral scientist presented her findings from her previous work in Dr. Reuter-Lorenz's laboratory at the University of Michigan at the CVL Science Luncheon Series. For more information click here.
The National Institutes of Health is hosting a new seminar series entitled “Addressing Health Disparities through Cultural Neuroscience.” Dr. Denise Park, Director of Research at the Center for Vital Longevity, Dr. Park gave her talk on September 24 at the NIH in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Park has conducted extensive research on the impact of East Asian and Western cultural values on brain function and structure, and finds evidence that these different cultural values affect the way the brain processes visual stimuli. East Asians, due to their interdependent culture, tend to perceive scenes holistically while Westerners, due to a focus on individuality and independence, tend to use brain areas that recognize individual objects more when viewing a scene. Dr. Park’s talk is entitled “Culture Sculpts the Brain.” She will speak at the seminar along with Dr. Georg Northoff, a noted neuroscientist, physician and philosopher. For more information about the talks, click here.
Peng, S.-L; Dumas, J.A.; Park, D.C.; Liu, P.; Filbey, F.M.; McAdams, C.J.; Pinkham, A.E; Adinogg, B.; Zhang, R.; Lu, H. (In press). Age-related increase of resting metabolic rate in the human brain. Neuroimage.
Chan, MY; Park, DC; Savalia, NK; Petersen, SE; Wig, GS. (2014). Decreased segregation of brain systems across the healthy adult lifespan. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 111: E4997-5006.More publications