Stephanie Leal


SURF Mentoring

Potential projects/topics: The Neuroscience of Memory, Mood, and Aging Lab performs basic and translational research to understand how our memory system works and how this system goes awry in memory and mood disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression. We utilize state-of-the-art high-resolution imaging techniques, PET imaging of amyloid and tau pathologies, and novel experimental paradigms to understand brain-behavior relationships. SURF students would gain experience thinking about experimental design, assist in data collection and data analysis, and understand the background of why we conduct the experiments we do in the lab.

Potential skills gained: human subject data collection, neuropsychological testing, cognitive testing, MRI, data analysis, statistics such as ANOVA and correlation, literature review

Required qualifications: None

Direct mentor: Faculty/P.I., Post-doctorate, Graduate Student

Student Project Titles List

The effect of emotion regulation on negative affect and memory

The Effect of Antidepressants on Emotional Memory

The Effect of Current Perceived Stress on Emotional Memory

The effect of amyloid and tau pathology on emotional mnemonic discrimination in cognitively normal older adults

Research Areas

Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Episodic memory, Aging & Alzheimer’s disease.