Gary Libben, PhD (McGill University)
Professor & Vice-President, Research
MC D268A, Ext. 4315
Gary Libben is a psycholinguist and neurolinguist who is working on the development of new models and research methods to advance our understanding of how words are represented in the mind and brain.
He received a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University in 1986 and holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Concordia University.
Dr. Libben is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, co-founder and editor of the journal The Mental Lexicon, founding director and co-director of the University of Alberta’s Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics, and former President of the Canadian Linguistics Association.
Dr. Libben has taught courses in areas associated with research methods, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Before coming to Brock, he taught at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. He regularly offers courses at the University of Vienna.
Research and Scholarship
Words are the backbone of human language ability. Gary Libben’s research is focused on questions of how words may be represented in the human mind and brain, how they are linked to one another, and how they are accessed in the processes of language comprehension and production. To address these questions, he uses a variety of psycholinguistic laboratory techniques. His experimentation has been conducted across languages (e.g., English, French, German, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Kannada) and across populations (e.g., persons with aphasia, adults, and children).
Dr. Libben is Vice-President, Research at Brock University.