Stephanie Leal, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology, Academic Institute
Houston Methodist


Emotional modulation of memorability in mnemonic discrimination
Morales-Calva, F & Leal, SL 2024, , Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 210, 107904. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2024.107904

Emotion regulation during encoding reduces negative and enhances neutral mnemonic discrimination in individuals with depressive symptoms
Hayes, BK, Harikumar, A, Ferguson, LA, Dicker, EE, Denny, BT & Leal, SL 2023, , Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 205, 107824. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2023.107824

A novel face-name mnemonic discrimination task with naturalistic stimuli
Mannion, R, Harikumar, A, Morales-Calva, F & Leal, SL 2023, , Neuropsychologia, vol. 189, 108678. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2023.108678

Toward user-centered assistive technologies for aging in place with cognitive impairment: a survey
Petersen, CM, DeLucia, PR, Oswald, FL, Kortum, P, Leal, SL, Pickens, S & Hekel, BE 2024, , Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 1561-1567. https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2023.2217848

Perceived antidepressant efficacy associated with reduced negative and enhanced neutral mnemonic discrimination
Phillips, TO, Castro, M, Vas, RK, Ferguson, LA, Harikumar, A & Leal, SL 2023, , Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 17, 1225836. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2023.1225836

Ferguson, LA & Leal, SL 2023, . in Lifestyle Psychiatry: Through the Lens of Behavioral Medicine. CRC Press, pp. 111-131. https://doi.org/10.1201/b22810-12

Spousal caregiving, widowhood, and cognition: A systematic review and a biopsychosocial framework for understanding the relationship between interpersonal losses and dementia risk in older adulthood
Wu-Chung, EL, Leal, SL, Denny, BT, Cheng, SL & Fagundes, CP 2022, , Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 134, 104487, pp. 104487. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.12.010

Interactions of Emotion and Memory in the Aging Brain: Neural and Psychological Correlates
Ferguson, LA & Leal, SL 2022, , Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 47-57. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40473-021-00245-6

Integrity of the uncinate fasciculus is associated with emotional pattern separation-related fMRI signals in the hippocampal dentate and CA3
Granger, SJ, Leal, SL, Larson, MS, Janecek, JT, McMillan, L, Stern, H & Yassa, MA 2021, , Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 177, 107359, pp. 107359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2020.107359

Development of a mnemonic discrimination task using naturalistic stimuli with applications to aging and preclinical Alzheimer's disease
Leal, SL, Ferguson, LA, Harrison, TM & Jagust, WJ 2019, , Learning and Memory, vol. 26, no. 7, pp. 219-228. https://doi.org/10.1101/lm.048967.118

Post-encoding stress enhances mnemonic discrimination of negative stimuli
Cunningham, TJ, Leal, SL, Yassa, MA & Payne, JD 2018, , Learning and Memory, vol. 25, no. 12, pp. 611-619. https://doi.org/10.1101/lm.047498.118

Subthreshold amyloid predicts tau deposition in aging
Leal, SL, Lockhart, SN, Maass, A, Bell, RK & Jagust, WJ 2018, , Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 38, no. 19, pp. 4482-4489. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0485-18.2018

Integrating new findings and examining clinical applications of pattern separation
Leal, SL & Yassa, MA 2018, , Nature Neuroscience, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 163-173. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-017-0065-1

On t?he distinction between value-driven attention and selection history: Evidence from individuals with depressive symptoms
Anderson, BA, Chiu, M, DiBartolo, MM & Leal, SL 2017, , Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 1636-1642. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-017-1240-9

Disruption of amygdala–entorhinal–hippocampal network in late-life depression
Leal, SL, Noche, JA, Murray, EA & Yassa, MA 2017, , Hippocampus, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 464-476. https://doi.org/10.1002/hipo.22705

Hippocampal activation is associated with longitudinal amyloid accumulation and cognitive decline
Leal, SL, Landau, SM, Bell, RK & Jagust, WJ 2017, , eLife, vol. 6, e22978. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.22978

Amygdala-hippocampal dynamics during salient information processing
Zheng, J, Anderson, KL, Leal, SL, Shestyuk, A, Gulsen, G, Mnatsakanyan, L, Vadera, S, Hsu, FPK, Yassa, MA, Knight, RT & Lin, JJ 2017, , Nature Communications, vol. 8, 14413. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms14413

Age-related individual variability in memory performance is associated with amygdala-hippocampal circuit function and emotional pattern separation
Leal, SL, Noche, JA, Murray, EA & Yassa, MA 2017, , Neurobiology of Aging, vol. 49, pp. 9-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2016.08.018

Positivity effect specific to older adults with subclinical memory impairment
Leal, SL, Noche, JA, Murray, EA & Yassa, MA 2016, , Learning and Memory, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. 415-421. https://doi.org/10.1101/lm.042010.116

Greater loss of object than spatial mnemonic discrimination in aged adults
Reagh, ZM, Ho, HD, Leal, SL, Noche, JA, Chun, A, Murray, EA & Yassa, MA 2016, , Hippocampus, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 417-422. https://doi.org/10.1002/hipo.22562