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Alexandra Herrera

Title(s)Research Assistant Professor
Address3715 McClintock Ave., Suite 351
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Los Angeles CA 90089-0191
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    University of Southern California, Los AngelesPh.D.05/2014Psychology (Behavioral & Cognitive Neurosciences)

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    My research focuses on the intersection of sex hormones and the stress response. In particular, the ability of estradiol to modulate the cortisol response in women. To investigate how ovarian hormone levels can affect the adrenal cortisol and progesterone responses to stress, I study post-menopausal women using and not using estradiol therapy, pre-menopausal women not using hormonal contraception during various points of the natural menstrual cycle, and women using hormonal contraception during the different phases of the hormonal contraceptive cycle. In testing these effects, I also examine whether the influence of ovarian hormones on the stress response alter the typical effects of stress on cognition.

    I utilize a number of modalities in my research program including behavioral testing, neuroimaging using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) for hormone measurements.

    Please go to www.ycazaherrera.com for more information.

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    1. The gist and details of sex differences in cognition and the brain: How parallels in sex differences across domains are shaped by the locus coeruleus and catecholamine systems. Prog Neurobiol. 2019 05; 176:120-133. Ycaza Herrera A, Wang J, Mather M. PMID: 29772255.
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    2. The gist and details of sex differences in cognition and the brain: how parallels in sex differences across domains are shaped by the locus coeruleus and catecholamines systems. Progress in Neurobiology. 2018. View Publication.
    3. Hormones, Brain and Behavior (Pfaff, D.W and Joƫls, M., editors-in-chief). Sex Steroids, Learning and Memory. 2017; 399-422. Shawn E. Nielsen, Alexandra Ycaza Herrera..
    4. Estradiol Therapy After Menopause Mitigates Effects of Stress on Cortisol and Working Memory. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2017. View Publication.
    5. Stress-induced increases in progesterone and cortisol in naturally cycling women. Neurobiol Stress. 2016 Jun; 3:96-104. Herrera AY, Nielsen SE, Mather M. PMID: 27981182.
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    6. Actions and interactions of estradiol and glucocorticoids in cognition and the brain: Implications for aging women. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2015 Aug; 55:36-52. Ycaza Herrera A, Mather M. PMID: 25929443.
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    7. Association learning for emotional harbinger cues: when do previous emotional associations impair and when do they facilitate subsequent learning of new associations? Emotion. 2014 Feb; 14(1):115-29. Sakaki M, Ycaza-Herrera AE, Mather M. PMID: 24098924.
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