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Penny M. Pexman

Penny M. Pexman

In Penny M. Pexman’s research, she investigates how we derive meaning from language. She has approached this question at the level of individual words, examining the cognitive processes involved in word recognition. Penny has examined the behavioral and neural consequences of variability in a number of different dimensions of word meaning, including sensory and motor dimensions. Penny has also investigated how we derive meaning from more complex language, exploring social and cognitive aspects of non-literal language comprehension and production. She has examined language processing in typically developing children, in healthy adults, in individuals with extraordinary lexical expertise, and in clinical populations with impaired semantic or pragmatic skills.


Penny completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in 1998, and took a faculty position at the University of Calgary the same year. At Calgary, she is now Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Arts.


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Penny M. Pexman

Department of Psychology

University of Calgary

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB, T2N1N4



Tel: (403) 220-6352


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