Professor Andrea Tales
Personal Chair
Centre for Innovative Ageing
Telephone: (01792) 602567
Room: Office - 04
Ground Floor
Haldane 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


  1. Basoudan, N. & Tales, A. COVID-19 and Dementia: A Review and Synthesis of Material on a Deadly Combination. Neurophysiology and Rehabilitation, 3(1), 11-15.
  2. Tales, A. & Hanley, C. Special Issue: Visual attention-related processing: Perspectives from ageing, cognitive decline and dementia
  3. Torrens-Burton, A., Hanley, C., Wood, R., Basoudan, N., Norris, J., Richards, E., & Tales, A. Lacking Pace but Not Precision: Age-Related Information Processing Changes in Response to a Dynamic Attentional Control Task. Brain Sciences, 10(6), 390
  4. Bauermeister, S., Orton, C., Ellwood-Thompson, S., Barker, R., Bauermeister, J., Ben-Shlomo, Y., Brayne, C., Burn, D., Campbell, A., Calvin, C., Chandran, S., Chaturvedi, N., ChĂȘne, G., Chessell, I., Corbett, A., Davis, D., Denis, M., Dufouil, C., Elliott, P...., & Gallacher, J. The Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) Data Portal. European Journal of Epidemiology, 35(3)
  5. Richards, E., Bayer, A., Hanley, C., Norris, J., & Tales, A. Subcortical Ischemic Vascular Cognitive Impairment: Insights from Reaction Time Measures. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 72(3), 845-857.

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  • Neuroimaging Methods for Ageing: Towards a Neurofeedback System for Older Adults (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Johnston
  • Enhancing person-centred care and wellbeing for older residents with dementia through intergenerational practice (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • The influence of environmental sounds on walking integrity in older adults (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
  • What can psychophysiological factors tell us about the likelihood of future cognitive decline (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Vicky Lovett
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Johnston
  • Virtual Reality As A Tool For Patient Education, To Improve Access To Timely Radiotherapy, For Patients Receiving Breast Cancer Treatment Using Surface- Guided Radiotherapy. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Hugtenburg
  • Influence of sleep on psychophysiological and cognitive functions in healthy older people and people with vascular dementia. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Mark Blagrove

    Other supervisor: Prof Nicholas Rich
  • IPad based and Computer Investigation of Visual Attention-related Function in Vascular Cognitive Impairment (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeremy Tree
    Other supervisor: Dr Megan Crawford
  • 'A Neuropsychological Investigation of Non-clinical Anxiety and information processing speed in Ageing, Subjective And Objective Cognitive Functions (awarded 2018)

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

    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
    Other supervisor: Dr Megan Crawford
    Other supervisor: Prof 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