Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Professor of Cognitive Science, MIT

Gibson works on all areas of language above the word level, including syntax, semantics, discourse and intonation. He is perhaps best known for his work on the role of working memory limitations in sentence processing. In addition to his work on language, he has also worked on number representations in different cultures, including two tribes in the Amazon basin: the Piraha in Brazil and the Tsimane in Bolivia. Most recently, his research has been focused on information theory applied to language, with a focus on noisy-channel models of language processing and language evolution. BS Queens University; MS from Cambridge University; PhD, in computational linguistics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Gibson, et al., 2013 PNAS, Rational integration of noisy evidence and prior semantic expectations in sentence interpretation.