• 67 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
20082020

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Personal profile

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

Development and Evaluation of a Digital Self-Management Programme: iHOPE for Cancer Survivors

Wright, H., Turner, A., Martin, F., Moody, L., Whiteman, B., Clyne, W., Pearce, G. & McGillion, M., 21 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

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

    Wright, H., Jenks, R. & Lee, D., 27 Aug 2019, In : Archives of Sexual Behavior. (In-press), p. (In-press)

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

  • 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

  • Activities

    • 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

    Age and Ageing (Journal)

    Hayley Wright (Peer Reviewer)
    2015 → …

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

    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