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Dr. Rypma is a principal investigator at the Center for BrainHealth and an associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas and The UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas School of Psychiatry.
His research is aimed at exploring the cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms of human memory and how these are affected by aging and disease. He uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe the activity of younger and older adults as they perform cognitive tasks. Though a relatively new method for studying brain activity, fMRI has the potential to be a very useful tool with which to examine the inner brain, especially when comparing different populations such as young and old. Thus, one focus of Dr. Rypma's work has been the development of experimental fMRI methods to facilitate cross-population comparisons of neural activity.
After earning his undergraduate degree at New York University, his master's at Duke, and his doctorate in experimental psychology from Georgia Tech, Dr. Rypma completed post doctoral work on neural imaging at Stanford and Penn. Before joining the team at the Center for BrainHealth, Dr. Rypma was conducting research at Rutgers.
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