Cognitive Neuroscience of aging: Memory, emotion, executive functions, language acquisition Clinical Neuropsychology: Neuropsychological testing Cross-Cultural Psychology: Perceptual differences among ethnic groups, memory differences among ethnic groups, neuropsychological test differences among ethnic groups Techniques: Behavioral and neuroimaging (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)) Populations: Young and older Adults, patient populations, English- and Spanish-speaking populations
Elsa Baena is a fifth year graduate student in the Clinical Neuropsychology Program. She graduated with honors in Psychology and a certificate in Life-Span Development and Gerontology in 2006 from the University of Akron. After graduation she was part of Duke University's Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) where her research focused in investigating basic episodic memory processes by comparing age groups. Currently, she studies age-related changes in memory processes and how those changes relate to brain function by using neuropsychological testing, behavioral and neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Allen, P.A., Kaut, K.K., Baena, E., Lien, M. & Ruthruff, E. (2011). Individual Differences in Positive Affect Moderate Age-Related Declines in Episodic Long-Term Memory. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. Baena, E., Allen, P.A., Kaut, K.K. & Hall, R.J. (2010). On Age Differences in Prefrontal Function: The Importance of Emotional/Cognitive Integration. Neuropsychologia, 48 (1), 319-333. Hayes, S., Baena, E., Truong, T., & Cabeza, R. (2009). Neural Mechanisms of Context Effects on Face Recognition: Automatic Binding and Context Shift Decrements. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-14.
Introductory Laboratory in Psychology Research Methods
The neural correlates of functional compensation in response to increasing task difficulty: An fMRI investigation of semantic memory in younger adults. The Effects of Age and Task Difficulty on the Neural Correlates of Semantic Knowledge and Episodic Memory: An fMRI Investigation The effect of scene context on episodic object recognition: A behavioral investigation of cultural differences. Varying task difficulty in younger and older adults in an fMRI associative memory task: face-name paradigm.
Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology track) Cognitive Aging