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Dr Emma Wightman


Department: Psychology

Emma is a lecturer within the Psychology department of the faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University. Emma graduated from Northumbria University in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. After a research assistant post within the Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre (BPNRC) during the summer, Emma began as a graduate tutor within the Psychology department where her PhD investigated the cerebral blood flow and cognitive effects of the polyphenol resveratrol in healthy humans.

Emma teaches 'Psychobiology' at level 5, has an option module 'Diet and the brain' at level 5 and teaches 'Biological psychology' at level 7. Since 2009 Emma has also coordinated the student mentoring scheme in Psychology.

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Key Publications

Wightman, E.L., Reay, J.L., Haskell, C.F., Williamson, G., Dew, T.P., & Kennedy, D.O. (In press). Effects of resveratrol alone or in combination with piperine on cerebral blood flow parameters and cognitive performance in humans: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover investigation. Br J Nutr

Wightman, E.L & Kennedy, D.O. (2013). Polyphenol modulation of blood flow and oxygenation. In: R Watson (Ed) Polyphenols in Human Health and Disease. Elsevier.

Wightman, E.L., Haskell, C.F., Forster, J.S., Veasey, R.C., & Kennedy, D.O. (2012). Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), cerebral blood flow parameters, cognitive performance and mood in healthy humans: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover investigation. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and experimental. 27(2), 177-186.

Kennedy, D. O & Wightman, E. L. (2011). Herbal Extracts and Phytochemicals: Plant Secondary Metabolites and the Enhancement of Human Brain Function. Advances in Nutrition, 2: 32-50. 

Kennedy, D. O., Wightman, E. L., Reay, J. L., Lietz, G., Okello, E. J., Wilde, A., & Haskell, C.F. (2010). Effects of resveratrol on cerebral blood flow variables and cognitive performance in humans: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover investigation.American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 91(6), 1590-1597.

Kennedy, D.O., Wightman, E.L., & Okello, E.J. (2009). Medicinal plants, phytochemicals and Alzheimer's disease.  In: A Martinez (Ed) Emerging Drugs and Targets for Alzheimer's disease. Royal Chemistry Society. 

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