Our Research

At the Preston Lab, we use a combination of behavioral and brain imaging techniques to explore how we form new memories, how we remember past experiences, and how our memory for the past influences what we learn in the present.

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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.

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Latest Publications

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:

Interpersonal family dynamics relate to hippocampal CA subfield structure

Coughlin, C., Ben-Asher, E., Roome, H.E., Varga, N.L., Moreau, M.M., Schneider, L.L., & Preston, A.R.

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Representations of temporal community structure in hippocampus and precuneus predict inductive reasoning decisions

Pudhiyidath, A., Morton, NW, Duran, R.V., Schapiro, A.C., Momennejad, I., Hinojosa-Rowland, D.M., Molitor, R.J., & Preston, A.R.

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.


Schema, Inference, and Memory

Varga, N.L., Morton NW, & Preston, A.R.

To appear in: Kahana, M.J., & Wagner, A.D. (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Human Memory. Oxford University Press.


Developmental differences in memory reactivation relate to encoding and inference in the human brain

Schlichting, M.L., Guarino, K.F., Roome, H.E., & Preston, A.R.

Nature Human Behaviour, 6(3), 415-428.


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.

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