Advisory Board

Dr. Gary F. Marcus

Gary F. Marcus, Ph.D. is Director of the NYU Infant Language Learning Center, and Professor of Psychology at New York University.
Author of Guitar Zero: The Science of Becoming Musical at Any Age, The Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates The Complexities of Human Thought, and The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science, and editor of The Norton Psychology Reader, Gary’s research on developmental cognitive neuroscience has been published in over forty articles in leading journals such as Science, Nature, Cognition, Cognitive Psychology, and the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.
In 1996 he won the Robert L. Fantz award for new investigators in cognitive development, and in 2002–2003 Gary was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His 2008 book Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.
Gary authored Cognitive Architecture and Descent with Modification and Before the Word, and coauthored Overregularization in Language Acquisition, The eloquent ape: genes, brains and the evolution of language, From semantics to syntax and back again: Argument structure in the third year of life, The nature and origins of language: How studies of developmental disorders could help, FOXP2 in focus: what can genes tell us about speech and language?, and The scope of linguistic generalizations: Evidence from Hebrew word formation. Read the full list of his publications!
Gary earned his B.A. in Cognitive Science at Hampshire College in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1993.
Watch Gary on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos and Listen to Gary on Dr. Drew and CBC’s Quirks & Quarks.