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Neuroscience PhD at Wake Forest University at Wake Forest University

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Dale Dagenbach

Dale Dagenbach
My research focuses on characterizing attention, memory, and brain organization.  Most recently, I’ve been collaborating with the Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks ( ) looking at network science analyses of functional MRI data to see whether these new approaches can enhance our understanding of how memory and attention are instantiated in the brain and our understanding of brain functioning and organization in general.  In addition, we’ve looked at how brain network organization may change in chronic disease states such as veterans with PTSD.  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 attentional processes involved in perceptual encoding.


Current Research Interests  
  • Task effects on brain networks
  • Inhibitory processes in attention and memory
  • Cognitive aging and training to enhance cognitive functioning  in older adults'


  • Dagenbach, D., & Carr, T. H. (Eds.). (1994). Inhibitory processes in attention, memory, and language. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • 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.
  • Jennings, J. M., Dagenbach, D, Engle, C. M., & Funke, L. J. (2007). Age-related changes and the attention network task: An examination of alerting, orienting, and executive function. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 14, 353-369.
  • Bailey, H., Dagenbach, D., & Jennings, J. M. (2011). The locus of benefits of repetition lag memory training. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 18, 577-593.
  • Rzucidlo, J.K., Roseman, P. L., Laurienti, P. J., & 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
  • 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 ML, Simpson SL, Dagenbach D, Lyday RG, Burdette JH, 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