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Primary Emphasis Area: Kinesiology
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Short Bio
Recent research in Dr. Wright's lab has focused on the how practice context mediates efficient planning of movement timing. The contribution of a variety of practice factors (e.g., schedule, composition, and environmental characteristics) for effective organization of both the structural and scaling properties of movement timing have been investigated. Professional Experience: Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University (1989-1995)
Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University (1995-present)
Summer School on Connectionist Modeling, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, Oxford, England (1996)
Research Interests
Motor Learning
Perceptual-motor Skill Acquisition
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Kim, T., Rhee, J., & Wright, D.L. (2016). Allowing time to consolidate knowledge gained through random practice facilitates later novel motor sequence acquisition. Acta Psychologica, 163, 153-166.

2. Wright, D.L., Verwey, W.B., Buchanan, J.B., Chen, J., Rhee, J., & Immink, M.A. (2016). Consolidating behavioral and neurophysiologic findings to explain the influence of contextual interference during motor sequence learning Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(1), 1-21.

3. Sidaway, B., Ala. B., Baughman, K., Glidden, J., Cowie, S., Peabody, A., Roundy, D., Spaulding, J., Stephens, R., & Wright, D.L. (2016). Contextual interference can facilitate motor learning in older adults and in individuals with Parkinson's Disease. Journal of Motor Behavior, 48(6), 509-518

4. Bottary, R. Sonni, A., Wright, D.L., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2016). Insufficient chunk concatenation may underlie changes in sleep-dependent consolidation of motor sequence learning in older adults. Learning and Memory, 23, 455-459

5. Handa, A., Rhee, J., & Wright, D.L. (2016). The structural relationship between two motor sequences practiced close in time impacts offline facilitation. Journal of Motor Behavior, 48, 47-56

6. Verwey, W.B., Groen, E.C., & Wright, D.L. (2016). The stuff that motor chunks are made of: Indications for the adjustment of spatial sequence representations. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 353-366.

7. Verwey, W.B., Shea, C.H., & Wright, D.L. (2015). A cognitive framework for sequential motor performance across various tasks. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22(1), 54-77.

8. Baweja, H.S., Kwon, M.H., Onushko, T., Wright, D.L., Corcos, D.M., & Christou, E. (2015). Processing of visual information compromises the ability of older adults to control novel fine motor tasks. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 3475-3488

9. Verwey, W., Wright, D., & Shea, C.H. (published online Nov 27, 2014). A cognitive framework for explaining serial processing and sequence execution strategies. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. DOI 10.3758/s13423-014-0773-4

10. Verwey, W.B., & Wright, D.L. (2014). Learning a keying sequence you never executed: Evidence for independent associative and motor chunking learning. Acta Psychologica.

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Maarten Immink (Summer, 1999), Ph.D.
Sandra Kimbrough (Spring, 2000), Ph.D.
Charles Black (Summer, 2004), Ph.D.
Joshua Joel Edwards (Fall, 2012), Ph.D.
Joo Rhee (Spring, 2015), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Assoc Editor (2016 - ). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Assoc Editor (2013 - ). Journal of Motor Learning and Development

Assoc Editor (2011 - 2015). Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology

Assoc Editor (2001 - 2007). Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport


(1991). Outstanding New Faculty. 

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