Building Memories for Tomorrow: How Our Brains Predict Our Futures

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

Dr. Allison Preston

Department of Psychology
The University of Texas at Austin

What is the talk about?

Our memories are the essence of who we are. But our memories are not merely a record of the past, rather our memories are a guide to both the present and the future. What we remember influences how we learn new things, the decisions we make in the present, and goals to which we aspire in the future. Join Dr. Alison Preston as she explores how the human brain builds memories that can be used to anticipate future events.

About our presenter

Dr. Allison Preston

Dr. Allison Preston

Dr. Alison Preston is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Section of Neurobiology at The University of Texas and a member of the UT Center for Learning and Memory. Dr. Preston’s research focuses on understanding how memory is implemented in the human brain using functional brain imaging techniques, and she has published several articles in peer review medical journals describing her research efforts. She also teaches courses on the growing field of cognitive neuroscience and its impact in the media and society. Dr. Preston is a recipient of Young Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and the Department of Defense as well as a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, recognizing her as one of the leading young teacher-scholars in the country.