What is your greatest fear? A prolonged, painful death.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Narcissism.
Which living person do you most admire? Bill Gates.
What is your greatest extravagance? Great red wine.
How do you hope your students and colleagues remember you? A good mentor with a good sense of humour.
What is your current state of mind? Busy.
How many horses do you own? I have two (Link and Lex); my wife [has] 10. Four are mini horses, though.
On what occasion do you lie? To not hurt people’s feelings.
What do you most dislike about your appearance? Changes related to aging.
Which living person do you most despise? Donald Trump.
What was one funny memory from your student days on campus? Bermuda Shorts Day in about 1967 or ’68, in which a student rode a horse into the library. As I recall, the horse caused quite a commotion and kicked out a glass door.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? The “who” is my wife, Debbie, and the “what” would be our horses.
Which talent would you most like to have? Singing.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be younger!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My first book: Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology.
What is your most treasured possession? My two guitars.
What is your favourite thing about Lethbridge? Its size (now about 100,000, but much smaller 45 years ago; back then, it was about 35,000) and the ease of living here.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Hopelessness.
What is your favourite occupation? Scientist.
What do you most value in your friends? Honesty, intelligence.
What is it that you most dislike? Duplicity.
What is your greatest regret? That I did not start riding horses sooner than I did, which was the age of 52.
How would you like to die? At home in my sleep.
I understand you like to dazzle people with little unknown facts. Can you give us one . . . At 36 months of age, the vocabulary of children from low-socio-economic families is a third of those from high socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds. It’s estimated that, by age four, children from low SES families have heard 30 million fewer words than those from high-SES families.