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Dr Lynn Wright

Role: Lecturer

Division: Division of Psychology

School/Department: School of Social & Health Sciences

Telephone Number: +44 (0)1382 308332



I have worked full time in the psychology division since 2005.  In 2005 I completed my PhD examining response style differences in left- and right-handers and i have continued to develop this research.  I completed my Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching in 2011 and in 2015 I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  I was previously the Programme Leader for the MSc Psychology and am currently Programme Leader for BSc Psychology.


I teach Psychological Research Methods and statistics. I am module tutor for PSY303 - Psychological Research Methods 3 and PSY410 - Psychology Honours Project  I teach on PSY307 Applied Psychology and on the level 9 option module PSY308:Biological Influences on Behaviour in Humans and non-Humans

 I contribute towards GRS501 - the Graduate School Research Methods module.  

I am currently supervising one PhD student.


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  or telephone 01382 308332.


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. (2016). Handedness and Social Anxiety: Using Bryden’s research as a catalyst to explore the influence of familial sinistrality and degree of handedness. Laterality 21 (4-6), 329 - 347.

Wright, L., & Hardie, S. M. (2015). Left-handers look before they leap: Handedness influences reactivity to novel Tower of Hanoi Tasks. Frontiers in Psychology.  (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 (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.

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.,

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.


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.  In 2017 the Research Volunteer Scheme was short-listed at the Student Led Teaching Awards (Enhancing Student Opportunities).  

Co-ordinator of the Research Volunteer Scheme

I have been part of three funded ATLEF projects and have supervised a student led ATLEF project.

I am a mentor and trained assessor on the Going for Gold CPD scheme


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. 

BBC Scotland Brainwaves radio programme on handedness. Broadcast January 2016  

Are left-handers more inhibited?  New Scientist.  November 2008.

Cautious Types.  Allure magazine.  March 2009.

Left-hand people 'more inhibited'  BBC Website.  November 2008.

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.

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

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



Wright, L., Hardie, S.M., McAra, N. & Hitchings, J. (2016). r-E:esearch Methods for Postgraduate Students.  Abertay University Teaching and Learning Enhancement Conference, 16th October 2016.

Hardie, S.M., Cunningham, C.L., Taylor, H., & Wright, L. (2016). Does lateral preference influence problem-solving in gibbons?   North Sea Brain Asymmetry meeting: The international meeting on lateralisation in brain and behaviour. University of Groningen - 31st August - 3rd September 2016.

Wright, L., Karlsson, E.M., Evans, G. L., & Hardie, S.M. (2016). Cautious left-handers: does task type make a difference? North Sea Brain Asymmetry meeting: The international meeting on lateralisation in brain and behaviour. University of Groningen - 31st August - 3rd September 2016.

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.