Dr. Stephen Wright

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Stephen Wright, Ph.D.
URL: www.DrWright.org

Research scientist and Educator

NIH-TL1 Postdoctoral Fellow,
Translational Biomedical Science Program, GHUCCTS
Department of Medicine, Georgetown University

Science writer; founder, Meaning and Happiness.com
Independent professional ballroom dance instructor
Formerly: Associate Director
Advocates for Children
College Park Scholars
University of Maryland, College Park

I'm studying the effects of various forms of physical activity on cognition, using a model of exercise helping to prevent cognitive decline, partly by reducing hypertension (high blood pressure). One specific aspect of investigating the mechanisms underlying the cognitive protective effects of aerobic exercise will be to test my hypothesis that the complexity in dance (involving dimensions such as balance, coordination, skill acquisition and retrieval, responses to the actions of a partner, and some degree of unpredictability) adds to the benefits of physical exercise on cognition.

Research interests I've had, and some links: Brain and language; Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); meaning and happiness; psychological sense of community; cumulative risk and protective factors in adolescence.


Dissertation: "Exploring Sense of Community in Living-Learning Programs and in the University as a Whole." Read the one-paragraph summary (abstract), or download the whole dissertation in pdf format (735k).

My four-page summary of the theory of "sense of community" of McMillan & Chavis (1986), the most widely accepted among psychological approaches to this subject, is very accessible, and may give you insights into your own communities.

Dr. Stephen Wright's Curriculum Vitae (brief version).

Among other things, this site has information about famous Wrights:

If you want to learn Korean, you may want to take a look at some of the free Korean language study materials I created and posted on the web, some of which are in high-quality, pdf format.

People in the academic world know me as Dr. Stephen Wright, but I also teach ballroom dancing, where people call me Steve Wright (and a few "Dr. Dance"). There's some information here about ballroom dance, including a class I teach. Dan Calloway has given permission to post his Bronze and Silver International Style routines. You may also want to look at the syllabus lists: International Standard, International Latin, American Smooth, and American Rhythm.

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[Cornell alum]   [A.P.A.]
American Psychological Association
Professional development course
Martin Seligman
  [Georgetown University]

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