Elsa Baena

Real name: 
PhD Graduate Student
Research Interests: 

Cognitive Neuroscience of aging: Memory, emotion, executive functions, language acquisition Clinical Neuropsychology: Neuropsychological testing Cross-Cultural Psychology: Perceptual differences among ethnic groups, memory differences among ethnic groups, neuropsychological test differences among ethnic groups Techniques: Behavioral and neuroimaging (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)) Populations: Young and older Adults, patient populations, English- and Spanish-speaking populations

 Elsa Baena is a fifth year graduate student in the Clinical Neuropsychology Program. She graduated with honors in Psychology and a certificate in Life-Span Development and Gerontology in 2006 from the University of Akron. After graduation she was part of Duke University's Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) where her research focused in investigating basic episodic memory processes by comparing age groups. Currently, she studies age-related changes in memory processes and how those changes relate to brain function by using neuropsychological testing, behavioral and neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).  

Selected Publications: 

Allen, P.A., Kaut, K.K., Baena, E., Lien, M. & Ruthruff, E. (2011). Individual Differences in Positive Affect Moderate Age-Related Declines in Episodic Long-Term Memory.  Journal of Cognitive Psychology. Baena, E., Allen, P.A., Kaut, K.K. & Hall, R.J. (2010). On Age Differences in Prefrontal Function: The Importance of Emotional/Cognitive Integration. Neuropsychologia, 48 (1), 319-333. Hayes, S., Baena, E., Truong, T., & Cabeza, R. (2009). Neural Mechanisms of Context Effects on Face Recognition: Automatic Binding and Context Shift Decrements. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-14.

Courses Taught: 

 Introductory Laboratory in Psychology Research Methods


 The neural correlates of functional compensation in response to increasing task difficulty: An fMRI investigation of semantic memory in younger adults. The Effects of Age and Task Difficulty on the Neural Correlates of Semantic Knowledge and Episodic Memory: An fMRI Investigation The effect of scene context on episodic object recognition: A behavioral investigation of cultural differences.  Varying task difficulty in younger and older adults in an fMRI associative memory task: face-name paradigm. 

Areas of Study: 

 Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology track) Cognitive Aging