Chris Westbury, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science


Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science
(780) 492-5275
P-577 Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9



I was born and raised in Calgary.I have two undergraduate degrees from McGill University, one in philosophy (major) and computer science (minor) and the other in psychology (major). I also graduated with a PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University. 


My research interest focus on understanding the structure and neurological underpinnings of language processing, mostly focused on written words. I have a particular interest in semantics, the study of word meaning.


I currently teach the graduate Professional and Ethical Issues course (PSYCO502) and a 4th year course in psychometrics, the measurement of psychological constructs such as IQ and clinical diagnostic categories (PSYCO431).


PSYCH 431 - Theory and Practice of Psychometrics

The nature of psychological tests: some practical work in administration, scoring and interpretation of tests. Prerequisites: STAT 141 or 151 or 161 and PSYCH 333 or 335. [Faculty of Arts].

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Wriggly, squiffy, lummox, and boobs: What makes some words funny?

Author(s): Chris Westbury and Geoff Hollis
Publication Date: 5/1/2019
Publication: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Volume: 148
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 97-123.
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Weighing up the evidence for sound symbolism: Distributional properties predict cue strength

Author(s): Westbury, C., Hollis, G., Siidhu, D.M., & Pexman, P.M.
Publication Date: 4/1/2018
Publication: Journal of Memory and Language
Volume: 99
Issue: 28
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Imaging Imageability: Behavioral Effects and Neural Correlates of Its Interaction with Affect and Context.

Author(s): Westbury, C. F., Cribben, I., & Cummine, J.
Publication: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Volume: 10
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Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain: Explaining semantics without semanitcs

Author(s): Westbury, C.
Publication: The Mental Lexicon
Volume: 11
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 350-374
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The principals of meaning: Extracting semantic dimensions from co-occurrence models of semantics.

Author(s): Geoff Hollis, Chris Westbury
Publication: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Volume: 23
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 1744-1756
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