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 apply to the Cognition and Neuroscience School Program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Parklab in the News

Dr. Park interviewed by NPR about The Synapse Project - Listen to the story here

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Talks and Meetings

Dr. Park scheduled to speak at upcoming “Cultural Neuroscience” seminar at the NIH

 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 has been invited to give a 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.

Three accepted platform talks to Society for Neuroscience

We are delighted to announce three accepted platform talks to Society for Neuroscience (SFN) from the DLBS team: Dr. Kristen Kennedy, Dr. Zhuang Song, & Dr. Gerard Bischof. This conference will be held November 15-19 in Washington, DC.

For more information about this upcoming meeting, click here

Recent Publications

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; Haber, S; Drew, LM; Park, DC. (2014). Training Older Adults to Use Tablet Computers: Does It Enhance Cognitive Function?. The Gerontologist.

Reuter-Lorenz, PA; Park, DC. (2014). How Does it STAC Up? Revisiting the Scaffolding Theory of Aging and Cognition. Neuropsychology Review, 24: 355-70.

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