Chandramallika Basak

Associate Professor - School of 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


Verhaeghen, P., Cerella, J., &BasakC (2006). Aging, taskcomplexity, and efficiency modes: The influence of working memory involvement on age differences in response times for verbal and visuospatial tasks. Aging, Neuropsychology & Cognition, 13, 254280.10.1080/138255890969267 2006 - Publication
Verhaeghen, P., & Basak,C.(2005). Aging and Switching of the Focus of Attention in Working Memory: Results from a Modified NBack Task, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology A, 58(1), 134154. 10.1080/02724980443000241 2005 - Publication
Verhaeghen,P.,Cerella,J.,Bopp,K.L.,&Basak,C.(2005).Agingandvarietiesof cognitivecontrol:Areviewofmetaanalysesonresistancetointerference, coordinationandtaskswitching,andanexperimentalexplorationofage sensitivityinthenewlyidentifiedprocessoffocusswitching.InR.W.Engle,G. Sedek,U.vonHecker,&D.N.McIntosh(Eds.).CognitiveLimitationsinAgingand Psychopathology:Attention,WorkingMemory,andExecutiveFunctions. Cambridge,MA:CambridgeUniversityPress.160179. 2005 - Publication
Verhaeghen, P., Cerella, J., &Basak,C. (2004). A WorkingMemory Workout: How to expand the focus of serial attention from one to four items,in ten hours orless, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 30(6), 13221337. 10.1037/02787393.30.6.1322 2004 - Publication
Basak, C., & Verhaeghen, P. (2003). Subitizing speed, subitizing range, counting speed, the Stroop effect, and aging: Capacity differences, speed equivalence, Psychology and Aging, 18, 240249.10.1037/08827974.18.2.240 2003 - Publication


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,
2005–2008 Beckman InstituteFellowship fromBeckman InstituteofAdvanced
2006 OutstandingDissertationAward,SyracuseUniversity
2006 Who’sWhoisAmerica
20042005 SyracuseUniversityTeachingFellow
2000,2004 SummerGraduateFellowship,SyracuseUniversityCurriculum Vitae Chandramallika Basak
19992003 SyracuseUniversityGraduateFellowship
2003 OutstandingTeachingAssistantAward,SyracuseUniversity
1998 Silver Medalist from University of Calcutta, India, for securing 2nd