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Sophie Hodgetts

Lecturer in Psychology, University of Sunderland

I am a Lecturer in Psychology, and I have an active research interest in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience.

I completed my BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology and my MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Durham. I stayed on in Durham for my PhD studies and I completed this in 2016. The title of my PhD thesis was “The neuromodulatory properties of gonadal steroid hormones with regard to individual differences in cognition and brain organization.”

In 2015, alongside writing up my thesis, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. I worked on a range of clinically oriented projects here, focussing on depression in elderly populations and bipolar disorder in adolescents.

I joined the School of Psychology, Sunderland, in December 2016. My main research interest is the role of gonadal steroid hormones (i.e. sex hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone) in functional brain organisation and cognition. For example, my thesis focused on the influence of oestrogen (particularly oestradiol) and progesterone on cerebral lateralisation, functional connectivity, and cognition in naturally cycling women.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Psychology, University of Sunderland


  • 2017 
    Durham University, PhD Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2012 
    Durham University, MSc Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2011 
    Durham University, BSc Applied Psychology


  • 2017
    Estradiol-related variations in top-down and bottom-up processes of cerebral lateralisation., Neuropsychology
  • 2016
    Music-induced changes in functional cerebral asymmetries. , Brain and Cognition
  • 2016
    The impact and measurement of social dysfunction in late-life depression: an evaluation of current methods with a focus on wearable technology., Int J Geriatr Psychiatry
  • 2015
    High estradiol levels improve false memory rates and meta-memory in highly schizotypal women, Psychiatry Research
  • 2015
    Sex hormones affect language lateralisation but not cognitive control in normally cycling women. , Hormones and Behavior