Dale Dagenbach

Email:  dagenbac at wfu.edu
Professor of Psychology
Greene Hall 217

Lab Information

Research Interests & Relevant Publications


My research focuses on characterizing attention, memory, and brain organization. Currently, my primary focus is on network science analyses of functional MRI data to see whether this approach can enhance our understanding of 1) how memory and attention are instantiated in the brain, and 2) our understanding of brain functioning and organization in general. We also have used this approach to look at how brain network organization may change in chronic states such as Parkinson’s Disease.  Other more traditional lines of research include looking at the effects of executive function training on cognitive aging in older adults, the role of inhibitory processes in regulating memory and in individual differences in cognitive functioning, and attention processes involved in perceptual encoding.

Some Relevant Publications:
Network Science

Rzucidlo JK, Roseman PL, Laurienti PJ, Dagenbach D (2013) Stability of whole brain and regional network topology within and between resting and cognitive states. PLoS ONE 8(8): e70275. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.

Stanley, M.L., Dagenbach, D., Lyday, R.G., Burdette, J.H., & Laurienti, P.J. (2014). Changes in global and regional modularity associated with increasing working memory load. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00954

Stanley M. L., Simpson S.L., Dagenbach D., Lyday R.G., Burdette J.H. et al. (2015) Changes in brain network efficiency and working memory performance in aging. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0123950. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123950

Bolt, T. S., Laurienti, P. J., Lyday, R. G., & Dagenbach, D. (2016) Graph-theoretical study of functional changes associated with the Iowa Gambling Task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.003

Executive Function and Cognitive Aging

Vaughan, L., Leng, I., Dagenbach, D., Resnick, S.M., Rapp, S.R., Jennings, J.M., Brunner, R.L., Simpson, S.L., Beavers, D.P., Coker, L.H., Gaussoin, S.A., Sink, K.M., Espeland, M.A. (2013). Intraindividual variability in domain-specific cognition and risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, 2013, Article ID 495793, doi:10.1155/2013/495793

Bailey, H., Dagenbach, D., & Jennings, J.M. (2011). The locus of the benefits of repetition lag memory training. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 18, 577-593,

Jennings , J.M., Webster, L.M., Kleykamp, B.A., & Dagenbach, D. (2005). Recollection training and transfer effects in older adults: Successful use of a repetition-lag procedure. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 12,278-289.

Inhibition and Cognitive Control

Dagenbach, D., Carr, T.H., Menzer, D., Chalk, H.M., Duquette, P.J., Rupard, M., & Hurley, R.S.E. (2007). Adventures in Inhibition: Plausibly, but not Certifiably, Inhibitory Processes. In C.M. MacLeod and D.S. Gorfein (Eds.) The place of inhibition in cognition (pp 45-62). Washington , DC : American Psychological Association.

Dagenbach, D., & Carr, T.H. (Eds.). (1994). Inhibitory processes in attention, memory, and language . San Diego , CA : Academic Press.

Thalamus and Working Memory

Kubat-Silman, A.K., Dagenbach, D., & Absher, J.R. (2002). Patterns of impaired verbal, spatial, and object working memory after thalamic lesions. Brain and Cognition, 50, 178-193.

Dagenbach, D., Absher, J.R., & Kubat-Silman, A.K. (2001). Human working memory impairments associated with thalamic damage. International Journal of Neuroscience, 111, 67-87.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • History & Systems
  • Research Methods
  • Introductory Psychology
  • False Memory Seminar

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