Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Ally, Brandon A. , PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

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Phone Number: 615-875-7378


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Office Address   Mailing Address

8125 Medical Center East, North Tower

Department of Neurology A-0118 Medical Center North 37232-2551

Research Keywords
Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Disorders, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Mild Cognitive Impairment

Research Description
Overall, our research interests involve using techniques of experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to understand how memory breaks down in healthy and diseased aging.

Clinical Interests
Memory diagnostics in neurodegenerative conditions

Ally, BA. Using Pictures and Words To Understand Recognition Memory Deterioration in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer''s Disease: A Review. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep, , , 2012.

Ally, BA, Hussey, EP, Donahue, MJ. A case of hyperthymesia: rethinking the role of the amygdala in autobiographical memory. Neurocase, , , 2012.

Deason, RG, Hussey, EP, Ally, BA, Budson, AE. Changes in response bias with different study-test delays: evidence from young adults, older adults, and patients with Alzheimer''s disease. Neuropsychology, 26(1), 119-26, 2012.

Deason, RG, Hussey, EP, Budson, AE, Ally, BA. Gist-based conceptual processing of pictures remains intact in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychology, 26(2), 202-8, 2012.

Embree, LM, Budson, AE, Ally, BA. Memorial familiarity remains intact for pictures but not for words in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia, 50(9), 2333-40, 2012.

Rane, S, Ally, BA, Hussey, E, Wilson, T, Thornton-Wells, T, Gore, JC, Donahue, MJ. Inverse correspondence between hippocampal perfusion and verbal memory performance in older adults. Hippocampus, , , 2012.

Simmons-Stern, NR, Deason, RG, Brandler, BJ, Frustace, BS, O''Connor, MK, Ally, BA, Budson, AE. Music-based memory enhancement in Alzheimer''s Disease: Promise and limitations. Neuropsychologia, 50(14), 3295-303, 2012.

Ally, BA. Using EEG and MEG to understand brain physiology in dementia. The Handbook of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias, , 575-603, 2011.

Dodson, CS, Spaniol, M, O''Connor, MK, Deason, RG, Ally, BA, Budson, AE. Alzheimer''s disease and memory-monitoring impairment: Alzheimer''s patients show a monitoring deficit that is greater than their accuracy deficit. Neuropsychologia, 49(9), 2609-18, 2011.

Hussey, E, Ally, B. Examining the Characteristics of Episodic Memory using Event-related Potentials in Patients with Alzheimer''s Disease. J Vis Exp, (54), , 2011.

Hussey, EP, Smolinsky, JG, Piryatinsky, I, Budson, AE, Ally, BA. Using Mental Imagery to Improve Memory in Patients With Alzheimer Disease: Trouble Generating or Remembering the Mind''s Eye. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord, , , 2011.

Ko, PC, Ally, BA. Visual cognition in Alzheimer's disease and its functional implications. The Clinical Spectrum of Alzheimer's Disease, , 101-126, 2011.

Quiroz, YT, Ally, BA, Celone, K, McKeever, J, Ruiz-Rizzo, AL, Lopera, F, Stern, CE, Budson, AE. Event-related potential markers of brain changes in preclinical familial Alzheimer disease. Neurology, 77(5), 469-75, 2011.

Werheid, K, McDonald, RS, Simmons-Stern, N, Ally, BA, Budson, AE. Familiar smiling faces in Alzheimer''s disease: Understanding the positivity-related recognition bias. Neuropsychologia, 49(10), 2935-40, 2011.

O''Connor, MK, Ally, BA. Using stimulus form change to understand memorial familiarity for pictures and words in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer''s disease. Neuropsychologia, 48(7), 2068-74, 2010.

Simmons-Stern, NR, Budson, AE, Ally, BA. Music as a memory enhancer in patients with Alzheimer''s disease. Neuropsychologia, 48(10), 3164-7, 2010.

Addis, DR, Sacchetti, DC, Ally, BA, Budson, AE, Schacter, DL. Episodic simulation of future events is impaired in mild Alzheimer''s disease. Neuropsychologia, 47(12), 2660-71, 2009. PMCID:2892171

Ally, BA, Gold, CA, Budson, AE. An evaluation of recollection and familiarity in Alzheimer''s disease and mild cognitive impairment using receiver operating characteristics. Brain Cogn, 69(3), 504-13, 2009. PMCID:2743328

Ally, BA, Gold, CA, Budson, AE. The picture superiority effect in patients with Alzheimer''s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia, 47(2), 595-8, 2009. PMCID:2763351

Ally, BA, McKeever, JD, Waring, JD, Budson, AE. Preserved frontal memorial processing for pictures in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia, 47(10), 2044-55, 2009. PMCID:2724267

Beth, EH, Budson, AE, Waring, JD, Ally, BA. Response bias for picture recognition in patients with Alzheimer disease. Cogn Behav Neurol, 22(4), 229-35, 2009. PMCID:2892171

Ally, BA, Simons, JS, McKeever, JD, Peers, PV, Budson, AE. Parietal contributions to recollection: electrophysiological evidence from aging and patients with parietal lesions. Neuropsychologia, 46(7), 1800-12, 2008. PMCID:2519009

Ally, BA, Waring, JD, Beth, EH, McKeever, JD, Milberg, WP, Budson, AE. Aging memory for pictures: using high-density event-related potentials to understand the effect of aging on the picture superiority effect. Neuropsychologia, 46(2), 679-89, 2008. PMCID:2271145

Simons, JS, Peers, PV, Hwang, DY, Ally, BA, Fletcher, PC, Budson, AE. Is the parietal lobe necessary for recollection in humans. Neuropsychologia, 46(4), 1185-91, 2008. PMCID:2271145

Ally, BA, Budson, AE. The worth of pictures: using high density event-related potentials to understand the memorial power of pictures and the dynamics of recognition memory. Neuroimage, 35(1), 378-95, 2007. PMCID:1852523

Ally, BA, Jones, GE, Cole, JA, Budson, AE. Sensory gating in patients with Alzheimer''s disease and their biological children. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen, 21(6), 439-47, 2007. PMCID:2271145

Hwang, DY, Gallo, DA, Ally, BA, Black, PM, Schacter, DL, Budson, AE. Diagnostic retrieval monitoring in patients with frontal lobe lesions: further exploration of the distinctiveness heuristic. Neuropsychologia, 45(11), 2543-52, 2007. PMCID:2271145

Ally, BA, Jones, GE, Cole, JA, Budson, AE. The P300 component in patients with Alzheimer''s disease and their biological children. Biol Psychol, 72(2), 180-7, 2006. PMCID:1852523

Postdoctoral Position Available

Postdoctoral Position Details
Positions available to cognitive and behavioral neurology fellows interested in patient-oriented memory work, as well as clinical and experimental psychologists interested in patient-oriented cognitive neuropsychology work.

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