University of Texas at Dallas Center for Vital Longevity
Park Aging Mind Laboratory
The Park lab

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.

Parklab in the News

Men’s Journal describes findings from the Synapse Project and trends in brain health

New York Times cites the Synapse Project in an article about the benefits of knitting

Keeping the Brain Alert and Active is the Key to a Healthy Aging Mind

Dr. Park encourages seniors to try new activities

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Talks and Meetings

Dr. Park will give a guest lecture at the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center on February 23

Dr. Park will speak at the University of Michigan on February 15

Sara Festini will give a talk for The Aging Mind Foundation

Sara Festini will give a talk entitled “New Thoughts and Research on Dementias” at an event to benefit The Aging Mind Foundation on February 10.

Sara Festini will present at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society

Sara Festini will present the product of her collaboration with first author, Xi Chen, at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Granada Spain this May in a talk entitled ‘Cognitive change across the lifespan:  Four-Year longitudinal findings in the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study (DLBS)’.  Additional collaborators on this project include Ian McDonough and Denise Park.

Recent Publications

Rieck, JR; Rodrigue, KM; Kennedy, KM; Devous, MD; Park, DC. (2015). The effect of beta-amyloid on face processing in young and old adults: A multivariate analysis of the BOLD signal. Human Brain Mapping.

Bischof, G.N.; Park, D.C.. (2015). Obesity and Aging: Consequences for Cognition, Brain Structure, and Brain Function. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Curtis, L.M.; Revelle, W.; Waite, K.; Wilson, E.A.; Condon, D.M.; Bojarski, E.; Park, D.C.; Baker, D.W.; Wolf, M.S.. (2015). Development and validation of the Comprehensive Health Activities Scale: A new approach to health literacy measurement. Journal Of Health Communications, 20: 157-64.

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