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Dr Lynn Wright

  • Role: Lecturer
  • Division: Division of Psychology
  • Department: School of Social & Health Sciences
  • Telephone number: +44 (0)1382 308332
  • Email: l.wright@abertay.ac.uk

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Research

I am interested in many areas of biological, evolutionary and cognitive psychology.  My primary research interest is laterality (particularly handedness).  Other research interests include emotions (both emotional processing and identification of emotions); 2nd to 4th digit ratio (particularly on task performance); problem-solving (approaches towards novel problems, differences between manual and computerised problems); stress and anxiety; creativity and Behavioural Inhibition & Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory.

Research Degree Opportunities: I am willing to supervise students in any of these or related areas, and we offer the following research degrees: one-year MSc by Research, two-year MPhil or three-year PhD.  For more information please email   l.wright@abertay.ac.uk  or telephone 01382 308332.

Teaching

I teach Psychological Research Methods and statistics. I am module tutor for PS0911a - Psychological Research Methods 3 and PS1000a/PS1099a - Psychology Honours Project/Sport and Psychology Honours Project.  I teach a level 9 option module: PS0927a Asymmetries of Brain and Behaviour and I also teach on PS1111a - applied research methods and GR1101a - the Graduate School research methods module.  I am currently supervising one PhD student and three Masters by Research students.

Publications

McAra, N., Wright, L., & Hardie, S.M. (under revision).  'Menstruation: The Good the Bad and the Bloody'. Sage Open. (Open Access)

Hardie, S. M., Wright, L., & Clark, L. (in press). Handedness and Social Anxiety: Using Bryden’s research as a catalyst to explore the influence of familial sinistrality and degree of handedness. Laterality.

Wright, L., & Hardie, S. M. (2015). Left-handers look before they leap: Handedness influences reactivity to novel Tower of Hanoi Tasks. Frontiers in Psychology. http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00058/abstract  (Open Access)

Hardie, S. M., & Wright, L. (2014). Differences between left- and right-handers in approach/avoidance motivation: influence of consistency of handedness measures. Frontiers in Psychology,  5:134. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00134 http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00134/abstract (Open Access)

Wright, L., & Black, F. (2013).  Monochrome males and colourful females: do gender and age influence the colour and content of drawings?  Sage Open, 3, 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/2158244013509254 (Open Access)

Hardie, S. M., & Wright, L. (2013). The relationship between Revised Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (rRST), handedness and indecision.  Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 312 – 316. doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2013.03.004

Wright, L., Watt, S., & Hardie, S. M. (2013).   Influences of lateral preference and personality on behaviour towards a manual sorting task.  Personality and Individual Differences, 54 (8), 903 - 907.  doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2013.01.005,

Wright, L., & Hardie, S. M.  (2012).   Are left-handers really more anxious?.  Laterality, 17 (5), 629 - 642.  doi: 10.1080/1357650X.2011.615126

Wright, L., & Hardie, S. M.  (2011).  Not ready to sort it yet: Left-handers show behavioural inhibition on a manual sorting task.  Laterality, 16 (6), 753 – 767.  doi: 10.1080/1357650X.2010.521752

McAra, N. & Wright, L. (2011).  I don’t want to talk about it: Why are young women reluctant to participate in menstrual cycle research?  Psychology of Women Section Review, 13 (1), 17 - 22.

Wright, L., Hardie, S.M., & Wilson, K. (2009). Handedness and Behavioural Inhibition: Left-handed females show most inhibition as measured by BIS/BAS self-report.  Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 20 - 24.  doi:10.1016/j.paid.2008.08.019

Hardie, S.M, Hancock P., Rodway P, Penton-Voak I., Carson, D., & Wright, L. (2005). The enigma of facial asymmetry: is there a gender-specific pattern of facedness? Laterality, 10 (4), 295-304.

Wright, L., Hardie, S.M., & Rodway, P. (2004). Pause before you respond: Handedness influences response style on the Tower of Hanoi Task. Laterality, 9 (2), 133-147.

Rodway, P. Wright, L., & Hardie, S.M. (2003). The valence specific laterality effect in free viewing conditions. The influence of sex, handedness, and response bias. Brain and Cognition, 53, 452-456.

Outreach

I have been a STEM Ambassador for the past five years and have carried out demonstrations at both Dundee and Aberdeen Science festivals.  I have also judged a number of Science and Technology projects at the Big Bang Science Festival.

Below are some of my outreach workshops/articles/presentations:

Public Dissemination

Left or right-handed?  How it influences your politics.  The Guardian, February 2016.  https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2016/feb/16/left-right-handed-influences-politics-study 

BBC Scotland Brainwaves radio programme on handedness. Broadcast January 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03dx80z/p03dx53x  

Are left-handers more inhibited?  New Scientist.  November 2008.   http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn15112-lefthanded-people-are-more-inhibited.html

Cautious Types.  Allure magazine.  March 2009.

Left-hand people 'more inhibited'  BBC Website.  November 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7708054.stm

The Hand Stand. Dundee Science Festival. October, 2009.

Lefties v righties: Does which hand we use affect our behaviour? Cafe Science Extra (14th April 2010) Sensation Dundee. http://www.cafesciencedundee.co.uk/?cat=5&paged=3

The Hand Stand. Aberdeen Science Festival. September, 2010.

The Face Base.  Dundee Science Festival.  October, 2010.

Presentations

Wright, L. & Hardie, S. M. (2014). Living life as a lefty. North Sea Brain Asymmetry meeting, University of Durham - 11th - 12th September 2014.

Hardie, S. M. & Wright, L.  (2014). Handedness and the Tower of Hanoi: Influences of anxiety, novelty and complexity.   North Sea Brain Asymmetry meeting, University of Durham - 11th - 12th September 2014.

Wright, L. & Hardie, S. M. (2012). Lateral preference and personality influence behaviour towards a manual task. North Sea Brain Asymmetry meeting, University of Ghent - 5th - 6th October 2012.

Wright, L. & Hardie, S. M. (2011).  'Wanted nice personality and GSOH'?.  Abertay Christmas Lecture - Hot or Not? The Science Behind Attraction.  November, 2011.

Hardie, S. M. & Wright, L. (2011). Is there something about JJ? The free-viewing valence-specific laterality effect depends on choice of emotional stimuli.  North Sea Brain Asymmetry meeting, Gregynog Hall Swansea - 1st - 3rd October 2011.

Wright, L. & Hardie, S. M. (2011).  Are left-handers really more anxious? North Sea Brain Asymmetry meeting, Gregynog Hall Swansea - 1st - 3rd October 2011

Wright, L. (2011).  What can handedness tell us about our behaviour?  Dundee Association of University Women meeting.  March 2011.

Wright, L. & Hardie, S. M. (2010). Revised reinforcement sensitivity theory predict state but not trait anxiety differences.  Abertay Research Conference, June 2010.

Wright, L. & Hardie, S. M. (2010). Enhancing student research experience: Overview of a volunteer scheme.  Abertay Quality Enhancement Conference, May 2010.

Wright, L. (2010). Can handedness predict behavioural differences?  Division of Psychology research seminar, March 2010.

Wright, L. (2009).  Are left-handers more inhibited in their behaviour? University of Abertay Research Festival, April 2009.

Wright, L., McAra, N., Scrimgeour, A. & Wilson, K.  (2008).  Enhancing RE-search methods.  Abertay Quality Enhancement Conference, April 2008.

Wright, L. & Hardie, S. M. (2008). 'Left out: considering handedness as a variable' KnowFife Research Fair, Dunfermline, November 2008.

Wright, L., Hardie, S. M. & Rodway, P. (2001). Handedness affects performance on the Tower of Hanoi.  British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Glasgow, March 2001.

Esteem

I frequently peer review manuscripts for journals including Personality and Individual Differences and Laterality.

I have acted as an Action Editor for an edition of the Sage Open journal.  

Nominated for Student Led Teaching awards every year since 2010.  

Short-listed/runner up in 2010 for the Innovative Teaching Award and in 2011; 2012; 2015 and 2016 for the Outstanding Teacher Award.