Nasreen Saleh Basoudain (BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Clinical Psychology)
I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology, at Swansea University.The title of my PhD is, A neuropsychological investigation of anxiety in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Ageing is a common concern for all members of society. The topic comes up daily in many different contexts, yet, there is much that remains to be learned about the issue. One area of investigation that has not been researched enough is closely related to anxiety and its relationship to inhibitory cognitive control and the inability of the body to tune out stimuli that are otherwise irrelevant within a given situation. To this end, we seek to identify the impact of anxiety upon inhibitory cognitive control in older and younger individuals. This study is one of three studies that will be conducted as part of an overall larger investigation on the correlation between anxiety, inhibitory processing, emotional memory, information processing speed and variability, visual attention, sleep disturbance, and memory consolidation in aging. The successful completion of this study will aid in improving our understanding of the effects of anxiety on populations of different ages, and will help our understanding of whether anxiety can influence various aspects of information processing in these groups and any interactions between factors such as anxiety and sleep and information processing functionality. This study will lead into the next study, which will focus on these same areas of effect in patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.