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Office Phone: (979) 845-5213
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. Buchanan, J.J, Park, I., Chen, J., Mehta, R., McCulloch, A., Rhee, J., & Wright D. L. (2018). Expert monitoring and verbal feedback as sources of performance pressure. Acta Psychologica, 186, 39-46.

2. Kim, T.m Jing, C., Verwey, W.B., & Wright D.L (2018). Improving novel motor learning through prior high contextual interference training, Acta Psychologica, 182, 55-64.

3. Jo, J.S., Chen, J., Riechman, S., Roig, M. & Wright D.L. (2018). The protective effects of cardiovascular exercise on the interference of proecedural memory. Psychological Research.

4. Buchanan, J.J., Park, I., Chen, J., Wright D.L., & Mehta, R. (2017). Bimanual coordination patterns are stabilized under monitoring-pressure. Experimental Brain Research, 235(6), 1909-1918.

5. Kim, T., Jing, C., Verwey, W.B., & Wright, D.L. Improving novel motor learning through prior high contextual interference training. Acta Psychologica, 2017 Nov 11;182:55-64. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.11.005

6. 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.

7. Rhee, J.H., Handa, A., Bhatia, S., Chen, J., Riechman, S., & Wright, D.L. (2016). An acute bout of aerobic exercise can protect offline motor sequence gains. Psychological Research, 80(4), 518-531.

8. 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.

9. 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

10. 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

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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 (Current)

Non-Invasive Modulation of the Dopaminergic Midbrain and the Influence on Motor Learning. (Co-PI)
TAMU T3 (State)
2018/04/01 - 2020/03/31
Total Funding: 20,333.
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.
Jing Chen (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Assoc Editor (2015 - ). Journal of Motor Learning and Development

Assoc Editor (2010 - ). 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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