Chandramallika Basak

Associate Professor - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Tags: Cognition and Neuroscience

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Experimental Psychology
Syracuse University - 2005
M.S. - Experimental Psychology
Syracuse University - 2003
M.S. - Applied Statistics
Syracuse University - 2002
M.Sc. - Psychology
University of Calcutta, India - 1998
B.Sc. - Mathematics
Bethune College, University of Calcutta, India - 1996

Publications

Basak, C., & Zelinski, E.(underreview). A Hierarchical Model of Working Memory and its Change in Healthy Older Adults. In N. Cowan & D.Balota(Eds.). Working memory: The new intelligence. NewYork: Psychology Press forthcoming - Publication
Lee, H., Boot, W.R., Basak,C., Voss, M.W., Prakash, R.P., Neider, M., Erickson, K.I., Simons, D.J., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., Low, K.A., &Kramer, A.F.(inpress). Performance gains from directed training do not transfer to untrained tasks. Acta Psychologica. In Press - Publication
Baniqued, P.L., Lee, H., Voss, M.W., Basak, C., Cosman, J., DeSouza, S., S., Severson, J., Salthouse, T., & Kramer, A.F. (2013). Selling points: What cognitive abilities are tapped by causal video games? Acta Psychologica, 142(1), 74-86.10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.11.009 2013 - Publication
Voss, M.W., Prakash, R.P., Erickson, K.I., Boot, W.R., Basak,C., Neider, M.,Simons, D.,Fabiani, M.,Gratton, G.,&Kramer, A.F.(2012). Effects of training strategies implemented in a complex videogame on functional connectivity of attentional networks. Neuroimage, 59(1), 138148. 2012 - Publication
Erickson, K., Voss, M., Prakash,R., Basak, C., Szabo,A., Chaddock, L., White, S., Wojcicki, T., Mailey, E., McAuley, E., &Kramer, A.F.(2011). Reply to Coenetal.: Exercise, hippocampal volume, andmemory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(18), E90E90.10.1073/pnas.1103059108 2011 - Publication
Scalf, P., Basak, C., &Beck, D. (2011). Attention does more than modulate suppressive interactions: Attending to multiple items. Experimental Brain Research, 212(2), 293304.10.1007/s002210112730z 2011 - Publication
Basak, C., &Verhaeghen, P.(2011). Three Layers of Working Memory: Focus Switch Costs and Retrieval Dynamics as Revealed by the NCount Task. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23(2), 204219.10.1080/20445911.2011.481621 2011 - Publication
Basak, C., Voss, M.W., Erickson, K.I., Boot, W.R., &Kramer, A.F.(2011). Regional differences in brain volume predict the acquisition of skill in a complex realtime strategy videogame. Brain and Cognition, 76(3), 407414. 10.1016/j.bandc.2011.03.017 2011 - Publication
Basak, C., &Verhaeghen, P. (2011). Aging and switching the focus of attention in working memory: age differences in item availability but not in item accessibility. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 66(5), 519526. 10.1093/geronb/gbr028 2011 - Publication
StineMorrow, E.A.L., & Basak, C. (2011). Cognitive Interventions. InK. W. Schaie & S.L. Willis(Eds.). Handbook of the Psychology of Aging(Seventh Edition). New York: Elsevier. 153171. 2011 - Publication

Appointments

Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2011–Present]
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Assistant Professor
Rice University [2010–2011]
Research Scientist
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [2008–2010]
Post-doctoral Fellow
Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [2005–2008]

Additional Information

Personal Statement

Dr. Basak's research focuses on how and where in the brain we remember information over a short period of time; the interplay between attention and memory; and the effects of cognitive training, including video games and memory exercises, on the brain and cognition in both young and old adults. She is also investigating the effects of cardiorespiratory fitness on cognition.

Her honors include an Early Career Research Award at the 2007 Cognitive Ageing Conference in Australia, an Outstanding Dissertation Award and Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from Syracuse University, and a Syracuse University Graduate Fellowship.

Dr. Basak earned a BS in mathematics and MS in psychology from University of Calcutta, India, as well as an MS degree in applied statistics, and an MS and PhD in experimental psychology from Syracuse University. Prior to moving to the Center for Vital Longevity in 2011, she was an assistant professor of psychology at Rice University. She also was a Beckman Institute Fellow and Research Scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Fellowships and Awards
2007 Early Career Researcher Award, Cognitive Ageing Conference,
Australia
2005–2008 Beckman InstituteFellowship fromBeckman InstituteofAdvanced
ScienceandTechnology
2006 OutstandingDissertationAward,SyracuseUniversity
2006 Who’sWhoisAmerica
20042005 SyracuseUniversityTeachingFellow
2000,2004 SummerGraduateFellowship,SyracuseUniversityCurriculum Vitae Chandramallika Basak
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19992003 SyracuseUniversityGraduateFellowship
2003 OutstandingTeachingAssistantAward,SyracuseUniversity
1998 Silver Medalist from University of Calcutta, India, for securing 2nd
rankinalluniversityM.Sc.(Psychology)examinations.

News Articles

Professor Basak Receives Grants from Alzheimer's Research Fund
The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease recently awarded Dr. Chandramallika Basak of UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity $165,000 in grants over the next three years for her research into mild cognitive impairment in older adults.

Basak, an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, is one of six researchers in Texas who received the grant. An outside panel of peers led by Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota, made the selections.
Professor Basak Receives Grants from Alzheimer's Research Fund
The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease recently awarded Dr. Chandramallika Basak of UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity $165,000 in grants over the next three years for her research into mild cognitive impairment in older adults.

Basak, an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, is one of six researchers in Texas who received the grant. An outside panel of peers led by Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota, made the selections.
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.

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.

Study Finds Training With Unpredictability Improves Memory Recall
Memory training with unpredictable components could be more effective in enhancing episodic memory than training with predictable elements, according to new findings from UT Dallas researchers published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
Episodic memories are those associated with autobiographical events, such as a past birthday party or first trip to an amusement park. This type of memory is crucial to our ability to accurately retell stories.