• 76 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; sex and cognition in later life

Biography

BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology from Leeds Metropolitan University (2005).

MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from University of York (2006).

PhD in Psychology from University of Birmingham (2011) investigating visual attention to social cues following parietal lobe damage caused by stroke, under the supervision of Prof Jane Riddoch and the late Prof Glyn Humphreys.

Two years postdoc experience working in hospitals and community care settings, recruiting stroke patients into clinical research trials. Two years at University on Warwick working on a project investigating the association between sleep and cognitive function in a large population cohort of older adults.

Recent work has focussed on healthy cognitive ageing, sexual activity and cognitive function in older adults, and self-management of long term conditions including cancer and stroke.

 

Area of Expertise:

Cognitive ageing, sex and cognition in older adults, stroke, neuropsychology

Vision Statement

 

I have been interested in cognition since my undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology, and for my PhD I investigated attentional deficits after stroke. I have since developed an interest in the wider, epidemiological study of cognitive ageing and decline in the general population, as well as the sociobiological associations between sexual activity and cognitive function in later life. I hope to develop self-management programmes for older adults that support cognitive function, wellbeing and sexuality. 

 

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
  • Stroke
  • Sexuality

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Research Output

Help to Overcome Problems Effectively for Cancer Survivors: Development and Evaluation of a Digital Self-Management Program

Martin, F., Wright, H., Moody, L., Whiteman, B., McGillion, M., Clyne, W., Pearce, G. & Turner, A., 19 May 2020, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22, 5, p. e17824 17 p., e17824.

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

    Wright, H., Jenks, R. & Lee, D., Apr 2020, In : Archives of Sexual Behavior. 49, 3, p. 941-951 11 p.

    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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  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
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    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

    International Journal of Aging and Society (Journal)

    Hayley Wright (Peer Reviewer)
    2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication 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

    Age and Ageing (Journal)

    Hayley Wright (Peer Reviewer)
    2015 → …

    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

    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