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Rodrigo Dal Ben, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology
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(403) 407-9490
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I am a Psychology researcher broadly interested in learning and language. I am passionate about parsimonious explanations and inventive methods. I am constantly working with empirical research and data science (wrangling, visualization, analyses...the whole package). I strive to do so following open science best practices. Whenever possible, I use open software and version controlled repositories that allows me to share my work in a transparent and reproducible way (R, Python, GitHub, OSF).

My teaching philosophy is centered around active learners and problem solving. I believe that we are more eager to learn things that resonate with our personal history and values. Being trained with teams from Brazil, USA, and Canada, gives me a unique perspective of how cultural backgrounds permeate each and every step of research and teaching. I strive to welcome and recognize the diversity of experiences and values that each student brings to the classroom or to the lab.


Postdoctoral Fellow (Concordia University, Montreal)
PhD (Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil)
MSc (Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil)
BA (Centro Universitario Filadelfia, Brazil)

Select Publications

Visser, I., … Dal Ben, R. and 26+ others (accepted). Improving the generalizability of infant psychological research: The ManyBabies model. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. PsyArXiv:
Dal Ben, R., Souza, D. H., & Hay, J. (2021). When statistics collide: The use of transitional and phonotactic probability cues to word boundaries by BrazilianPortuguese adults. Memory & Cognition. 01163-4. Material and data available at:
Dal Ben, R., & Goyos, C. (2019). Further evidence of automatic reinforcement effects on verbal form. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 35(1), 74–84. Material and data available at: