Professor Andrea Tales
Personal Chair
Centre for Innovative Ageing
Telephone: (01792) 602567
Room: Office - 808B
Eighth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

Andrea has a multi-disciplinary academic background graduating from Bristol University with an Honors Degree in Psychology, Comparative Anatomy and Zoology and a PhD in Visual processing in Alzheimer’s disease, and from Oxford University with a Masters degree in Evidence-based Health Care. Andrea also qualified from The Christie Hospital as a State Registered Senior Radiographer and spent some time as a Clinical Tutor in Radiotherapy and is an elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Andrea is particularly interested in the functional integrity of vision and visual attention-related processing in individuals living with various aetiologies of dementia and mild and subjective cognitive decline and has successfully directed numerous research projects in this area with grant income of over a million pounds. Upon arrival at Swansea University Andrea set up the Dementia Research Group within the Department of Psychology. 

Andrea, who is works primarily in the CIA and for the College of Human and Health Sciences has continuing links with the Department of Psychology, is part of the CADR Network, is a member of  The Biomedical Board of the Alzheimer’s Society, has very close links with the BRACE-Alzheimer’s Charity and is a Senior Editor of The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

If you are new to research involving older adults with cognitive impairment, you might want to download this 'Tips for Researchers' booklet.
 

Areas of Expertise

  • mild cognitive impairment
  • subjective cognitive impairment
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Ageing
  • Intra-individual variability in reaction time
  • Visual attention
  • methodology
  • Reaction time
  • Intra-individual variability in reaction time

Publications

  1. & Oscillatory hyperactivity and hyperconnectivity in young APOE-ɛ4 carriers and hypoconnectivity in Alzheimer’s disease. eLife 8
  2. & Sequential information processing: The 'elevated first response effect' can contribute to exaggerated Intra-individual variability in older adults. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 92
  3. & Subjective Cognitive Impairment in 55-65-Year-Old Adults Is Associated with Negative Affective Symptoms, Neuroticism, and Poor Quality of Life. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 67(4), 1367-1378.
  4. & Anodal tDCS improves attentional control in older adults. Experimental Gerontology 115, 88-95.
  5. & Perception and Reality of Cognitive Function: Information Processing Speed, Perceived Memory Function, and Perceived Task Difficulty in Older Adults. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 60(4), 1601-1609.

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Teaching

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Supervision

  • Enhancing person-centred care and wellbeing for older residents with dementia through intergenerational practice (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • What is the impact of triaging for memory problems in Primary Care on service users and professionals? (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeanette Hewitt
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicholas Rich
  • What can psychophysiological factors tell us about the likelihood of future cognitive decline (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Vicky Lovett
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Johnston
  • Developing Neuroimaging Interfaces (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Johnston
  • IPad based and computer investigation of Visual Attention-related function in Vascular Cognitive Impairment (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Megan Crawford
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • The impact of health anxiety on cognitive processes in ageing. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Hanley
    Other supervisor: Dr Lars Marstaller
    Other supervisor: Dr Hana Burianova
  • 'A Neuropsychological Investigation of Non-clinical Anxiety and information processing speed in Ageing, Subjective And Objective Cognitive Functions (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
  • Information processing speed in Ageing: Is it task dependent? (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Megan Crawford
    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree

Research Groups

  • Department of Psychology

    Director of Dementia Research Group, Department of Psychology

  • College of Human and Health Sciences

    Lead for Dementia Research, College of Human and Health Sciences

  • Centre for Aging and Dementia Research

    NHS / University Research Facilitator for Centre for Again and Dementia Research

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2018 Fellow of the British Psychological Society