Chris Westbury, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science
Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science
Email
chris.westbury@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-5275
Address
P-577 Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9

Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
Email
chris.westbury@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

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. 


Research

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.


Teaching

I currently teach two history of psychology course (PSYCO303 and PSYCO304), and a 4th year course in psychometrics, the measurement of psychological constructs such as IQ and clinical diagnostic categories (PSYCO431).

Courses

PSYCO 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 and PSYCO 333 or 335. [Faculty of Arts].

Winter Term 2021
PSYCO 502 - Professional and Ethical Issues

[Faculty of Arts]

Fall Term 2020

Publications

Expanding the scope of selective exposure: An objective approach to measurement of media ideology
Author(s): Chad Murphy, Chris Westbury
Publication: Communication Methods and Measures
Volume: 7
Issue: 3-4
Page Numbers: 224-246
External Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19312458.2013.813921
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
External Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4945641/
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
External Link: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/jbp/ml/2016/00000011/00000003/art00002?crawler=true&mimetype=application/pdf
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
External Link: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~hollis/files/PrincipalsOfMeaning.pdf
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: Journal of Memory and Language
Volume: [In press]