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Jayakumar M, Tsegai-Moore A, Nemeth C, Aly M. (2024). Pupil size at encoding predicts the temporal structure of memory. PsyArXiv. 

Favila SE, Aly M. (2023). Hippocampal mechanisms resolve competition in memory and perception. bioRxiv.

Wakeland-Hart C, Aly M. (2023). Predicting image memorability from evoked feelings. PsyArXiv.

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Tarder-Stoll H, Baldassano C*, Aly M*. (2023). The brain hierarchically represents the past and future during multistep anticipation. bioRxiv.

* these authors are co-PIs of this work

Kathios N, Bloom PA, Singh A, Bartlett E, Algharazi S, Siegelman M, Shen F, Beresford L, DiMaggio-Potter M, Bennett S, Natarajan N, Ou Y, Loui P, Aly M*, Tottenham N*. (2023). Spontaneous music-evoked memories in cognitively healthy older adults: Associations between emotion, familiarity, and memory across familiar and unfamiliar music. PsyArXiv.

* these authors are co-PIs of this work

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Tarder-Stoll H, Baldassano C*, Aly M*. (in press). Consolidation enhances multistep anticipatory judgements but diminishes access to perceptual features. In press at Psychological Science. Available on PsyArXiv.

* these authors are co-PIs of this work


Aly M, Ansari S, Colunga E, Crocket MJ, Diekman AB, Goldrick M, Gomez P, Kung FYH, Mckee P, Pérez M, Stilwell SM. (2024). Mentorship practices that improve the culture of peer review. Nature Reviews Psychology, 3, 2-3. [ pdf ]

Cohanpour M, Aly M*, Gottlieb J*. (2024). Neural representations of sensory uncertainty and confidence are associated with perceptual curiosity. Journal of Neuroscience.

* these authors are co-PIs of this work

Thieu M, Wilkins L, Aly M. (2024). Episodic-semantic linkage for $1000: New semantic knowledge is more strongly coupled with episodic memory in trivia experts. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [ pdf ]

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Yonelinas A, Hawkins C, Abovian A, Aly M. (2024). The role of recollection, familiarity, and the hippocampus in episodic and working memory. Neuropsychologia, 193, 108777. [ pdf ]


Aly M, Colunga E, Crocket MJ, Goldrick M, Gomez P, Kung FYH, Mckee P, Pérez M, Stilwell SM, Diekman AB. (2023). Changing the culture of peer review for a more inclusive and equitable psychological science. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 152, 3546–3565. [ pdf ]

Bloom PA, Bartlett E, Kathios N, Algharazi S, Siegelman M, Shen F, Beresford L, DiMaggio-Potter M, Singh A, Bennett S, Natarajan N, Lee H, Sajid S, Joyce E, Fischman R, Hutchinson SJ, Pan S, Tottenham N*, Aly M*. (2023). Effects of familiar music exposure on deliberate retrieval of remote episodic and semantic memories in healthy aging adults. Memory, 31, 428-456.  [ pdf ]

* these authors are co-PIs of this work

Bornstein AM, Aly M, Feng SF, Turk-Browne NB, Norman KA, Cohen JD. (2023). Associative memory retrieval resolves anticipated uncertainty of upcoming perceptual decisions. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 23, 645–665. 

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Featured by the Psychonomic Society, see here.

Jayakumar M, Balusu C, Aly M. (2023). Attentional fluctuations and the temporal organization of memory. Cognition, 235, 105408. [ pdf ]

Poskanzer C, Aly M. (2023). Switching between external and internal attention in hippocampal networks. Journal of Neuroscience, 43, 6538–6552. [ pdf ]

Silston B, Ochsner KN, Aly M. (2023). Threat impairs flexible use of a cognitive map. Motivation and Emotion, 47, 908–927. [ pdf ]


Bloom PA, VanTieghem M, Gabard-Durnam L, Gee DG, Flannery J, Caldera C, Goff B, Telzer EH, Humphreys KL, Fareri DS, Shapiro M, Algharazi S, Bolger N, Aly M, Tottenham N. (2022). Age-related change in task-evoked amygdala-prefrontal circuitry: a multiverse approach with an accelerated longitudinal cohort aged 4-22 years. Human Brain Mapping, 43, 3221–3244. [ pdf ]

Hirschstein Z, Aly M. (2022). Long-term memory and working memory compete and cooperate to guide attention. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 85, 1517–1549. [ pdf ]


Lee CS, Aly M, Baldassano C. (2021). Anticipation of temporally structured events in the brain. eLife, 2021;10:e64972[ pdf

Featured in a Journal Club article in PNAS, which can be found here.

Ruiz NA*, Thieu MK*, Aly M. (2021). Cholinergic modulation of hippocampally mediated attention and perception. Behavioral Neuroscience, 135, 51–70. [ pdf

* these authors contributed equally

Tarder-Stoll H, Gasser C, Yu Wangjing, Dimsdale-Zucker HR. (2021). Challenges in understanding the role of reactivation in modifying hippocampal representations.  Journal of Neuroscience, 41, 4750-4753. [ pdf


Aly M. (2020). Brain dynamics underlying memory for lifetime experiences. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 24, 780-781. [ pdf

Günseli E, Aly M. (2020). Preparation for upcoming attentional states in the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex. eLife, 2020;9:e53191. [ pdf ]  [ eLife digest ]

Ruiz NA, Meager MR, Agarwal S, Aly M. (2020). The medial temporal lobe is critical for spatial relational perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 32, 1780-1795. [ pdf

Schaumberg AJ, Juarez-Nicanor W, Choudhury SJ, Pastrián LG, Pritt BS, Prieto Pozuelo M, Sotillo Sánchez R, Ho K, Zahra N, Sener BD, Yip S, Xu B, Rao Annavarapu S, Morini A, Jones KA, Rosado-Orozco K, Mukhopadhyay S, Miguel C, Yang H, Rosen Y, Ali RH, Folaranmi OO, Gardner JM, Rusu C, Stayerman C, Gross J, Suleiman DE, Sirintrapun SJ, Aly M*, Fuchs TJ*. (2020). Interpretable multimodal deep learning for real-time pan-tissue pan-disease pathology search on social media. Modern Pathology. [ pdf ]  

* these authors are co-PIs of this work

Tarder-Stoll H*, Jayakumar M*, Dimsdale-Zucker HR, Günseli E, Aly M. (2020). Dynamic internal states shape memory retrieval. Neuropsychologia, 138:107328. [ pdf

* these authors contributed equally


Córdova NI, Turk-Browne NB, Aly M. (2019). Focusing on what matters: Modulation of the human hippocampus by relational attention. Hippocampus, 29, 1025-1037. [ pdf ]


Aly M. (2018). The key to a happy lab life is in the manual. Nature, 561, 7. [ pdf ] 

Aly M. (2018). In sight, in mind. eLife, 7:e35663, 1-3. [ pdf ]

Aly M, Chen J, Turk-Browne NB, Hasson U. (2018). Learning naturalistic temporal structure in the posterior medial network. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30, 1345–1365.  [ pdf ]

Aly M, Ranganath C. (2018). New perspectives on the hippocampus and memory. Neuroscience Letters, 680, 1-3. [ pdf ]

Aly M, Turk-Browne NB. (2018). Flexible weighting of diverse inputs makes hippocampal function malleable. Neuroscience Letters, 680, 13-22. [ pdf ]


Aly M, Turk-Browne NB. (2017). How hippocampal memory shapes, and is shaped by, attention. The Hippocampus from Cells to Systems. Eds.: Deborah E. Hannula and Melissa C. Duff. Springer International Publishing AG: Switzerland. pp. 369-403. [ pdf ]

Borders AA, Aly M, Parks CM, Yonelinas AP. (2017). The hippocampus is particularly important for building associations across stimulus domains. Neuropsychologia, 99, 335-342. [ pdf ]


Aly M, Turk-Browne NB. (2016). Attention promotes episodic encoding by stabilizing hippocampal representations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, E420-E429. [ pdf ]

Aly M, Turk-Browne NB. (2016). Attention stabilizes representations in the human hippocampus. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 783-796. [ pdf ]   [ SI ]


Aly M, Ranganath C, Yonelinas AP. (2014). Neural correlates of state- and strength-based perception. J Cogn Neurosci, 26, 792-809. [ pdf ]

Aly M, Wansard M, Segovia F, Yonelinas AP, Bastin C. (2014). Cortical and subcortical contributions to state- and strength-based perceptual judgments. Neuropsychologia, 64, 145-156. [ pdf ]

Elfman KW, Aly M, Yonelinas AP. (2014). Neurocomputational account of memory and perception: Thresholded and graded signals in the hippocampus. Hippocampus, 24, 1672-1686. [ pdf ]


Aly M, Ranganath C, Yonelinas AP. (2013). Detecting changes in scenes: The hippocampus is critical for strength-based perception. Neuron, 78, 1127-37 [ pdf ]   [ SI ]   [ cover ]

Koen JD, Aly M, Wang WC, Yonelinas AP. (2013). Examining the causes of memory strength variability: Recollection, attention failure, or encoding variability? J Exp Psychol: Learn Mem Cogn, 39, 1726-41. [ pdf ]


Aly M, Yonelinas AP. (2012). Bridging consciousness and cognition in memory and perception: Evidence for both state and strength processes. PLoS ONE, 7(1):e30231, 1-16. [ pdf ]

A blog post about this article, written by Dr. Steve Fleming, can be found here.


Aly M, Yonelinas AP, Kishiyama M, Knight RT. (2011). Damage to the lateral prefrontal cortex impairs familiarity but not recollection. Behavioural Brain Research, 225, 297-304. [ pdf ]


Aly M, Knight RT, Yonelinas AP. (2010). Faces are special but not too special: Spared face recognition in amnesia is based on familiarity. Neuropsychologia, 48, 3941-8. [ pdf ]

Aly M, Moscovitch M. (2010). The effects of sleep on episodic memory in older and younger adults. Memory, 18, 327-34. [ pdf ]

Yonelinas AP, Aly M, Wang W, Koen JD. (2010). Recollection and familiarity: Examining controversial assumptions and new directions. Hippocampus, 20, 1178-94. [ pdf ]

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