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Research Assistant Professor
A graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas with a doctoral degree in communication sciences and disorders and cognitive neuroscience, Dr. Raksha Anand Mudar investigates the effects of normal cognitive aging and brain diseases including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and frontotemporal dementia on higher order semantic functions. She is also interested in understanding how brain rewires itself with cognitive training in normally aging individuals and those with brain diseases.
She uses a combination of behavioral methods, event-related potentials, and functional magnetic resonance imaging in her research. Dr. Mudar is currently examining (i) the effects of subjective cognitive impairment and Mild Cognitive Impairment on higher order semantic functions using behavioral tests and (ii) electrophysiological markers and neural markers (explored using fMRI) of brain disease in individuals with early and late Mild Cognitive Impairment and dementia. Through her research she hopes to identify early markers of brain pathology thereby improving early detection capabilities and opportunities to examine treatment response to novel neuroprotective agents.
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