Dr. Rex A. Wright

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Adjunct Professor, Psychology

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Rex WrightContact Information:

Email: rwright@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 934 8725
Fax: (205) 975 6110

Education:

B.A., 1977, University of Texas at Austin, Psychology
M.A., 1979, University of Kansas, Social Psychology
Ph.D., 1982, University of Kansas, Social Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1982-1984, State University of New York at Stony Brook, (National Research Service Award)

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

My research is concerned broadly with the determinants and cardiovascular consequences of effort. I have been interested in cardiovascular response as an effort outcome in large part because cardiovascular responses are believed to be linked to risk for negative health outcomes, including hypertension and heart disease. A persistent focus has been on the manner in which perceptions of ability, or self-efficacy, impact effort and associated cardiovascular responses. This has evolved recently into interests in (1) fatigue and age-related cognitive decline as determinants of ability perception, (2) sleep loss and obesity as determinants of fatigue, and (3) self-regulatory (restraint, or inhibitory) training as a determinant of the capacity to self regulate. My research has been supported by various granting agencies, most notably the National Science Foundation. Visiting appointments have been supported by the Fulbright Program, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Swiss National Science Foundation. I have agreed to serve as Associate Editor for the journal

Additional Information on Wright's Fatigue Research:

1. http://main.uab.edu/Sites/MediaRelations/articles/48204/
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjdoBliiRg0&feature=channel_page

Representative Publications:

Gendolla, G. H. E., Wright, R. A., & Richter, M. (2011). Effort intensity: Some answers from the cardiovascular system. Chapter in R. Ryan (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of motivation. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, in press.

Wright, R. A. & Stewart, C. C. (2011). Multifaceted effects of fatigue on effort and associated cardiovascular responses. Chapter in R. A. Wright & G. H. E. Gendolla (Eds.) How motivation affects cardiovascular response: Mechanisms and applications. Washington DC: APA Press, in press.

Wright, R. A. & Barreto, P. (2011). Effort mechanisms linking sex (gender) to cardiovascular response: Toward a comprehensive analysis with relevance for health. Chapter in R. A. Wright & G. H. E. Gendolla (Eds.) How motivation affects cardiovascular response: Mechanisms and applications. Washington DC: APA Press, in press.

Wright, R. A. & Kirby, L. D. (2001). Effort determination of cardiovascular response: An integrative analysis with applications in social psychology. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology (vol. 33, pp. 255-307). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Wright, R. A. (1996). Brehm's theory of motivation as a model of effort and cardiovascular response. In P. M. Gollwitzer and J. A. Bargh (Eds.), The psychology of action: Linking cognition and motivation to behavior (pp. 424-453). New York: Guilford.

Teaching Interests:

Undergraduate:

Research Methods in Psychology
Introduction to Social Psychology
Applied Social Psychology
Social Motivation

Graduate:

Motivation and Social Behavior Social Psychology