Denise Park

Denise Park


  • brain
  • aging and memory
  • cognition
  • memory
  • brain scans
  • neuroimaging
  • neuroscience
  • cognition and aging
  • East vs West brains


Emily Martinez

Expert at a Glance

Denise Park, Ph.D. School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences

Director of the Center for Vital Longevity

University Distinguished Chair in Behavioral and Brain Science

Dr. Park is a pioneer in the use of brain scans to investigate the brain. She maps the changing neural circuitry associated with the brains ability to encode and retrieve information across its lifespan.

She conducted a groundbreaking study on cognition and aging that looked at how stimulating activities and social experiences enhance brain function in older adults. Her findings from that study show the importance of mental exercises across the decades. Her primary research interests are age-related changes in memory function and East vs. West age-related brain changes, especially as they relate to cognition and memory.

Updated: February 1, 2013