Brandon A. Ally, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Neurology Assistant Professor of PsychologyAssistant Professor of Neurological SurgeryAssistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MississippiM.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MississippiB.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Office Address
Department of Neurology
A-0118 Medical Center North
1161 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232-2551
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.
Research Keywords
Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Disorders, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Mild Cognitive Impairment
Clinical Research Keywords
Cognitive neuroscience of healthy and diseased memory
Ally BA, Hussey EP, Donahue MJ. A case of hyperthymesia: rethinking the role of the amygdala in autobiographical memory. Neurocase [print-electronic]. 2013 Apr; 19(2): 166-81. PMID: 22519463, PMCID: PMC3432421, DOI: 10.1080/13554794.2011.654225, ISSN: 1465-3656.

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 [print-electronic]. 2013 Mar; 23(3): 213-20. PMID: 23109214, PMCID: PMC3878078, DOI: 10.1002/hipo.22080, ISSN: 1098-1063.

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 Dec; 12(6): 687-94. PMID: 22927024, PMCID: PMC3483366, DOI: 10.1007/s11910-012-0310-7, ISSN: 1534-6293.

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 [print-electronic]. 2012 Dec; 50(14): 3295-303. PMID: 23000133, PMCID: PMC3567773, PII: S0028-3932(12)00391-0, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.09.019, ISSN: 1873-3514.

Embree LM, Budson AE, Ally BA. Memorial familiarity remains intact for pictures but not for words in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia [print-electronic]. 2012 Jul; 50(9): 2333-40. PMID: 22705441, PMCID: PMC3399023, PII: S0028-3932(12)00239-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.06.001, ISSN: 1873-3514.

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. 2012 Apr; 26(2): 124-34. PMID: 21946012, PMCID: PMC3249019, DOI: 10.1097/WAD.0b013e31822e0f73, ISSN: 1546-4156.

Deason RG, Hussey EP, Budson AE, Ally BA. Gist-based conceptual processing of pictures remains intact in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychology [print-electronic]. 2012 Mar; 26(2): 202-8. PMID: 22229341, PMCID: PMC3295863, PII: 2012-00400-001, DOI: 10.1037/a0026958, ISSN: 1931-1559.

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. 2012 Jan; 26(1): 119-26. PMID: 22409339, PMCID: PMC3305790, PII: 2011-29901-001, DOI: 10.1037/a0026330, ISSN: 1931-1559.

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 [print-electronic]. 2011 Aug 8/2/2011; 77(5): 469-75. PMID: 21775732, PMCID: PMC3146305, PII: WNL.0b013e318227b1b0, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318227b1b0, ISSN: 1526-632X.

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 [print-electronic]. 2011 Aug; 49(10): 2935-40. PMID: 21736891, PMCID: PMC3748937, PII: S0028-3932(11)00303-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.06.022, ISSN: 1873-3514.

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 [print-electronic]. 2011 Jul; 49(9): 2609-18. PMID: 21620877, PMCID: PMC3137719, PII: S0028-3932(11)00254-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.05.008, ISSN: 1873-3514.

Hussey E, Ally B. Examining the characteristics of episodic memory using event-related potentials in patients with Alzheimer's disease. J Vis Exp. 2011; (54): PMID: 21897360, PMCID: PMC3217618, PII: 2715, DOI: 10.3791/2715, ISSN: 1940-087X.

Ally, BA. The Handbook of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 2011.

Ko, PC, Ally, BA. The Clinical Spectrum of Alzheimer's Disease. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 2011.

Simmons-Stern NR, Budson AE, Ally BA. Music as a memory enhancer in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychologia [print-electronic]. 2010 Aug; 48(10): 3164-7. PMID: 20452365, PMCID: PMC2914108, PII: S0028-3932(10)00179-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.04.033, ISSN: 1873-3514.

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 [print-electronic]. 2010 Jun; 48(7): 2068-74. PMID: 20362596, PMCID: PMC2883256, PII: S0028-3932(10)00128-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.03.027, ISSN: 1873-3514.

Beth EH, Budson AE, Waring JD, Ally BA. Response bias for picture recognition in patients with Alzheimer disease. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2009 Dec; 22(4): 229-35. PMID: 19996875, PMCID: PMC2892171, PII: 00146965-200912000-00004, DOI: 10.1097/WNN.0b013e3181b7f3b1, ISSN: 1543-3641.

Addis DR, Sacchetti DC, Ally BA, Budson AE, Schacter DL. Episodic simulation of future events is impaired in mild Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychologia [print-electronic]. 2009 Oct; 47(12): 2660-71. PMID: 19497331, PMCID: PMC2734895, PII: S0028-3932(09)00232-2, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.05.018, ISSN: 1873-3514.

Ally BA, McKeever JD, Waring JD, Budson AE. Preserved frontal memorial processing for pictures in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia [print-electronic]. 2009 Aug; 47(10): 2044-55. PMID: 19467355, PMCID: PMC2724267, PII: S0028-3932(09)00147-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.03.015, ISSN: 1873-3514.

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 [print-electronic]. 2009 Apr; 69(3): 504-13. PMID: 19101064, PMCID: PMC2743328, PII: S0278-2626(08)00322-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2008.11.003, ISSN: 1090-2147.

Ally BA, Gold CA, Budson AE. The picture superiority effect in patients with Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia [print-electronic]. 2009 Jan; 47(2): 595-8. PMID: 18992266, PMCID: PMC2763351, PII: S0028-3932(08)00414-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.10.010, ISSN: 0028-3932.

Simons JS, Peers PV, Hwang DY, Ally BA, Fletcher PC, Budson AE. Is the parietal lobe necessary for recollection in humans?. Neuropsychologia [print-electronic]. 2008 Mar 3/7/2008; 46(4): 1185-91. PMID: 17850832, PII: S0028-3932(07)00276-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.07.024, ISSN: 0028-3932.

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 [print-electronic]. 2008 Jan 1/31/2008; 46(2): 679-89. PMID: 17981307, PMCID: PMC2271145, PII: S0028-3932(07)00331-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.09.011, ISSN: 0028-3932.

Ally BA, Simons JS, McKeever JD, Peers PV, Budson AE. Parietal contributions to recollection: electrophysiological evidence from aging and patients with parietal lesions. Neuropsychologia [print-electronic]. 2008; 46(7): 1800-12. PMID: 18402990, PMCID: PMC2519009, PII: S0028-3932(08)00084-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.02.026, ISSN: 0028-3932.

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 [print-electronic]. 2007 Jun 6/18/2007; 45(11): 2543-52. PMID: 17485102, PMCID: PMC3407562, PII: S0028-3932(07)00122-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.03.018, ISSN: 0028-3932.

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 [print-electronic]. 2007 Mar; 35(1): 378-95. PMID: 17207639, PMCID: PMC1852523, PII: S1053-8119(06)01157-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2006.11.023, ISSN: 1053-8119.

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. 2006 Dec; 21(6): 439-47. PMID: 17267377, PII: 21/6/439, DOI: 10.1177/1533317506292282, ISSN: 1533-3175.

Ally BA, Jones GE, Cole JA, Budson AE. The P300 component in patients with Alzheimer's disease and their biological children. Biol Psychol [print-electronic]. 2006 May; 72(2): 180-7. PMID: 16337071, PII: S0301-0511(05)00167-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2005.10.004, ISSN: 0301-0511.

Available Postdoctoral Position Details
Posted: 12/19/2012
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.