• 59 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
20082019
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Research Interests

Healthy cognitive ageing; cognitive decline in older adults; cognitive neuropsychology of stroke and dementia

Biography

After gaining a first class honours degree in Applied Psychology from Leeds Metropolitan University, Hayley went on to complete an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at University of York. Pursuing her interests in face and emotion recognition, she carried out a final project which investigated amygdala response to fearful facial expressions using fMRI (Asghar et al., 2008). Hayley then went on to study for a PhD at University of Birmingham, and investigated the reorienting of visual attention to socially relevant cues (eye gaze shifts and pointing gestures) following parietal lobe damage, under the supervision of Jane Riddoch and Glyn Humphreys.

As a postdoctoral researcher, Hayley spent two years working in hospitals and community care settings, recruiting stroke patients into clinical research trials. Following this, she worked at University on Warwick on a project investigating the association between sleep and cognitive function in a large population cohort of older adults (Miller et al., 2014a), and also co-authored a book chapter on sleep and cognition (Miller et al., 2014b).

Hayley has recently won internal funding from Coventry University to investigate the association between sexual activity and different domains of cognitive function in adults over the age of 50 years, using novel cognitive assessments.

Area of Expertise:

Cognitive ageing

Vision Statement

I have been interested in cognitive neuropsychology since my undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology, and for my PhD I investigated attentional deficits after stroke. I have since developed an interested in the wider, epidemiological study of cognitive ageing and decline in the general population. Through my postdoctoral research, I hope to promote the modifiable lifestyle factors which help to protect cognitive function and wellbeing in older age, in the general population. In addition, I hope to contribute to ongoing research into earlier detection of dementia, and the provision of tailored support for people with dementia and their families and carers.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Birmingham

20062011

MSc, University of York

20052006

Degree, Leeds Beckett University

20022005

External positions

Treasurer, Emerging Researchers in Ageing; British Society of Gerontology

2015 → …

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Ageing
  • Epidemiology
  • Dementia

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Research Output 2008 2019

7 Citations (Scopus)
44 Downloads (Pure)

Frequent sexual activity predicts specific cognitive abilities in older adults

Wright, H., Jenks, R. & Demeyere, N., Jan 2019, In : The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 74, 1, p. 47-51 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Aptitude
cognitive ability
Sexual Behavior
examination
Cognition

Sexual expression and cognitive function: gender-divergent associations in older adults

Wright, H., Jenks, R. & Lee, D., 3 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of Sexual Behavior. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cognition
Sexual Behavior
Masturbation
Cognitive Reserve
Loneliness

Associations between cognitive function and sexual activities in later life

Wright, H., Lee, D. & Jenks, R., 2017, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Sexual Behavior
Cognition
Masturbation
Orgasm
Coitus

Exploring the Links Between Cognition and Sexual Activity: Cognitive Flexibility, Dopamine and the Prefrontal Cortex

Wright, H., Jenks, R., Rizos, A. & Demeyere, N., 2017, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Prefrontal Cortex
Sexual Behavior
Cognition
Dopamine
Executive Function

Five things that reduce the risk of cognitive decline with age

Wright, H., 25 Aug 2017, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
Research
Dementia
Life Style
Health
Brain

Activities 2014 2016

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 4 Publication peer-review

Gerontological Society of America (Publisher)

Hayley Wright (Peer Reviewer)
20162017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Medical Science Monitor (Journal)

Hayley Wright (Peer Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

International Journal of Aging and Society (Journal)

Hayley Wright (Peer Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

44th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conference

Hayley Wright (Speaker)
1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

44th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conference

Hayley Wright (Speaker)
1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Prizes

BPS Undergraduate Award

Hayley Wright (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Emerging Scholar Award 2017

Hayley Wright (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Sex at 60 will keep you sharp!

Hayley Wright

22/06/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Frequent sex linked to higher cognitive function in seniors

Hayley Wright

22/06/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Over-50s + sex = boosted brain function

Hayley Wright

22/06/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Sex boosts brain power in old age, university study suggests

Hayley Wright

22/06/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Regular sex could help ageing minds: Study

Hayley Wright

22/06/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research