Preston, Alison

Alison R Preston

Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychology, Department of Neuroscience

Phone: 512-475-7255

Office Location
NHB 3.352

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
1 University Station A8000
Austin, TX 78712

My research focuses on understanding memory and how it is implemented in the human brain. Using a combination of behavioral and brain imaging techniques, my research explores how we form new memories, how we remember past experiences, and how our memory for the past can influence our present behavior. The structures of the medial temporal lobe play a critical role in the formation, retention, and retrieval of memory. High-resolution functional neuroimaging techniques allow the exploration of how the structures within this region make unique contributions to memory processing and how these regions may interact with brain regions involved in perception, attention, emotion, and other cognitive processes.

Schlichting, M.L.†, & Preston, A.R.‡ (In press). Hippocampal-medial prefrontal circuit supports memory updating during learning and post-encoding rest. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Epub November 30, 2015.

Mack, M.L.†, & Preston, A.R.‡ (2016). Decisions about the past are guided by reinstatement of specific memories in the hippocampus and perirhinal cortex. Neuroimage, 127, 144- 157. Epub December 15, 2015.

Schlichting, M.L.*, Mumford, J.A., & Preston, A.R.‡ (2015). Learning-related representational changes reveal dissociable integration and separation signatures in hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Nature Communications, 6, 8151.

Schlichting, M.L.*, & Preston, A.R.‡ (2015). Memory integration: Neural mechanisms and implications for behavior. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 1, 1-8.

Yushkevich, P. et al., (2015). Quantitative comparison of 21 protocols for labeling hippocampal subfields and parahippocampal cortical subregions in in vivo MRI: Towards developing a harmonized segmentation protocol. NeuroImage, 111, 526-41. Epub January 14, 2015.


Davis, T., Xue, G., Love, B.C., Preston, A.R., & Poldrack, R.A. (2014). Global neural pattern similarity as a common basis for categorization and recognition memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(22), 7472-84.

Hutchinson, J.B., Uncapher, M., Weiner, K.S., Bressler, D.W., Silver, M.A., Preston, A.R., & Wagner A.D. (2014). Functional heterogeneity in posterior parietal cortex across attention and episodic memory retrieval. Cerebral Cortex, 24(1), 49-66. Epub September 26, 2012.

Schlichting, M.L.*, & Preston, A.R.‡ (2014). Memory reactivation during rest supports upcoming learning of related content. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 111(44), 15845-50.

Schlichting, M.L.*, Zeithamova, D.†, & Preston, A.R.‡ (2014). CA1 contributions to memory integration and inference. Hippocampus, 24 (10), 1248-1260. Epub June 11, 2014.