The question revolves around 'right?' at the end added when the speaker is not sure about her/his understanding.

I think it is common to use "..., right?" where "..." is the speaker's understanding (of the topic under discussion) while it is possible to use correct in the same way.

Do right and correct make the sentence(s) sound different in formality or implied attitudes of the speaker?

A related question is about right/correct for answering. Does it make any difference just to say "(That is) Correct." or "(That is/That's) Right." as a response to a "..., right?" statement?

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Both ..., right? and ..., correct? are laconic. The first is informal and, to my ageing UK ears, American, though it's widely used here now. The second is less colloquial and is somewhat brusque: like an army officer questioning his men. If instead you were to ask, in a new sentence, "Is that right/correct?" it would be colloquial, less brusque and - with "correct" - more formal.

Alternatively, and with unimpeachable grammar, we might seek confirmation by asking, "aren't you?" or "didn't it?" or "haven't they?" or whatever is appropriate. For example:

You're Jones, aren't you?
It rained, didn't it?
They've lost the game, haven't they?

On your related question, the standard informal responses to the informal ..., right? are "Yeah", "Yes", "Right" and (a little more formally) "That's right". Saying "(That is) correct" might be perceived as snooty: your formality drawing attention to his/her informality.

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