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

Dr. Song describes the perforant path as an important input to the hippocampus.

Dr. Park comments in Wall Street Journal on “Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong”

Dr. Denise Park among signatories calling for caution amid claims of sweeping cognitive benefit

The Park Aging Mind Lab welcomes Sara Festini, our newest postdoctoral scientist

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Talks and Meetings

Zhuang Song’s Talk Probes Little-Known Neural Pathway in Humans

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.

Sara Festini presents her work at the CVL Science Luncheon Series

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.  

Dr. Park speaks at “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 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.

Recent Publications

. (In Press). Park, D. C., & Festini, S. B. (in press). The Middle-Aged Brain: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective. In R. Cabeza, L. Nyberg, & D. C. Park (Eds.), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging: Linking Cognitive and Cerebral Aging. 2nd Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.. In (Eds.), . : .

Kobayashi, MSc, L.C.; Smith, PhD, S.G.; O’Conor, MPH, R.; Curtis, MS, L.M; Park, PhD, D.C.; von Wagner, PhD, C.; Baker, MD MPH, D.; Deary, PhD, I.J.; Wolf, PhD MPH, M.S. (In Press). Age, cognitive function, and health literacy: findings from the LitCog Study. .

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.

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