Personal profile

Research Interests

Cognitive neuropsychology of stroke and dementia; Normal cognitive function and cognitive decline in older adults


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


MSc, University of York


Degree, Leeds Beckett University


External positions

Treasurer, Emerging Researchers in Ageing; British Society of Gerontology

2015 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Ageing
  • Epidemiology
  • Dementia

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Research Output 2008 2017

Associations between cognitive function and sexual activities in later life

Wright, H., Lee, D. & Jenks, R. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Sexual Behavior
Reproductive Health

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

Wright, H., Jenks, R., Rizos, A. & Demeyere, N. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Prefrontal Cortex
Sexual Behavior
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

Life Style
Sexual Behavior
Executive Function
Short-Term Memory
Health Education

Handy tips for surviving a conference: an introvert’s guide

Wright, H. 31 Aug 2017 Ageing Issues

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


Activities 2014 2016

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 4 Publication peer-review

International Journal of Aging and Society (Journal)

Wright, H. (Peer Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

Gerontological Society of America (Publisher)

Wright, H. (Peer Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review

Medical Science Monitor (Journal)

Wright, H. (Peer Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

44th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conference

Wright, H. (Speaker)
1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Aging and Society: Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference

Wright, H. (Speaker)
5 Nov 20156 Nov 2015

Activity: Participation in conference


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)