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Dr. Rebecca Deason

Associate Professor

UAC 242

Office Hours: Tue 2-3pm, Wed 3:30-4:30pm; by appt.


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Dr. Deason received her B.A. in Psychology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After spending three years as a software engineer, she attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota where she received her Ph.D. in Cognitive and Biological Psychology. For her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Deason focused on examining memory in healthy older adults and patients with Alzheimer's disease at the VA Boston Healthcare System. She also received an early career development grant to fund her research through the VA. Dr. Deason also held an appointment as an Instructor in Neurology at Boston University Medical School. In 2013, Dr. Deason joined the psychology faculty at Texas State University.

Areas of Interest

Cognitive Psychology



Research Information

The overall goal of Dr. Deason's research is to understand how we learn and remember items, how memory is altered or impaired by aging and disease, and how we can use preserved memory processes to improve the daily lives of older adults and patients with Alzheimer's disease.


Selected Publications:

Deason, R. G., Nadkarni, N., Tat, M. J., Flannery, S., Frustace, B., Ally, B. A., & Budson, A. E. (2017). Use of metacognitive strategies to decrease false memories in source monitoring in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Cortex, 91, 287-296.

Deason, R. G., Tat, M. J., Flannery, S., Mithal, P. S., Hussey, E. P., Crehan, E. T., Ally, B. A., & Budson, A. E. (2017). Response bias and response monitoring: Evidence from healthy older adults and patients with mild Alzheimer's disease. Brain and Cognition, 119, 17-24.

Rosa, N. M., Deason, R. G., Budson, A. E., & Gutchess, A. H. (2016). Source memory for self and other in patients with mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Gerontology Psychological Sciences, 71, 59-65.

Deason, R. G., Hussey, E. P., Flannery, S., & Ally, B. A. (2015). Using conceptual implicit memory to understand the picture superiority effect in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Brain & Cognition, 99, 112-117.

McMenamin, B. W., Deason, R. G., Steele, V. R., Koutstaal, W., & Marsolek, C. J. (2015). Separability of abstract-category and specific exemplar visual object subsystems: Evidence from fMRI pattern analysis. Brain and Cognition, 93, 54-63.

O'Connor, M. K., Deason, R. G., Reynolds, E. W., Flannery, S., Vassey, E., Soloman, P., & Budson, A. E. (2015). The imagination inflation effect in older adults with and without Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychology, 29, 550-60.

Deason, R. G., Simmons-Stern, N. R., Frustace, B. S., Ally, B. A., & Budson, A. E. (2012). Music as a memory enhancer: differences between healthy older adults and patients with Alzheimer's disease. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 22, 175-179.

Simmons-Stern, N. R., Deason, R. G., Brandler, B. J., Frustace, B. S., O'Connor, M. K., Ally, B. A., Budson, A. E. (2012). Music-based memory enhancement in Alzheimer's disease: Promise and limitations. Neuropsychologia, 50, 3295-3303.