Research Highlight Recognizing connections between different experiences can help us make sense of the world. How does the brain represent these connections?View Publication
Research Highlight When faced with new circumstances, we often use knowledge acquired in a different setting to guide decision making. What mechanisms in the brain support how we generalize spatial knowledge acquired on one day to influence future decisions in a new domain - time?View Publication
Research Highlight Both really positive and negative social environments impact hippocampal structure. Does even “normative” variability in family dynamics impact hippocampal structure across development?View Publication
Kids, Teens & Parents
Are you Interested in how your brain works? We are actively recruiting kids and teens for our studies of memory development to learn more about how the brain changes as we grow up and how children and adolescents remember new things.
From studies of memory development to how memories influence our decisions, there is a lot going on at the Preston Lab. View our scientific papers:
Asynchronous development of memory integration and differentiation influences temporal memory organization
Developmental Science, 00, e13437
Representations of temporal community structure in hippocampus and precuneus predict inductive reasoning decisions.
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 34(10) 1736-1760
Spatial preposition use predicts children’s spatial map formation
Schema, Inference, and Memory
Oxford Handbook of Human Memory
About Our Lab
The Preston Lab is a cognitive neuroscience lab made up of researchers and students at The University of Texas at Austin. Led by Alison R. Preston, Ph.D., the lab studies how kids, adolescents, and adults acquire and retain knowledge.
News & Events
How the brain connects related experiences
June 9, 2023In our new paper at Cerebral Cortex, we find that the brain may connect related experiences by reactivating semantic knowledge in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and integrating knowledge about both experiences in the hippocampus. Follow this link to check out the paper! ... Read more » How the brain connects related experiences
May 11, 2023Congratulations to post-doctoral fellow Neal Morton, who will be starting a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this Fall! Neal’s lab will use neuroimaging and modeling to examine how the brain organizes memory to reflect knowledge about the world and aid reasoning. ... Read more » Congratulations Neal!
What bias’ how we make decisions in time?
May 3, 2023Our new paper at Cerebral Cortex finds that representations of space in the hippocampus and ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) bias how we make decisions in time, demonstrating out ability to generalize knowledge across cognitive domains. Check out the paper here. ... Read more » What bias’ how we make decisions in time?