Psychology

Language, cognition, and communication

We are internationally recognized for our cutting-edge work on the psychology of language

Our interests include all aspects of linguistic and non-linguistic communication, and the relationship between the psychology of language and other areas of social and cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.  We have wide expertise in spoken and written comprehension, production and dialogue, from sub-lexical processes to the discourse level, as well as in related fields from computational modelling to discourse analysis. 

The research paradigms we use include psychophysical, electrophysiological, perceptual, neuropsychological and cognitive experimentation, computational modelling, and social approaches.

Edinburgh has one of the largest and most varied communities of natural language researchers in the world, bringing together psychologists, computer scientists, linguists, and philosophers.  The language, cognition, and communication group forms a large component of this community and participates in research, research training, and teaching at all levels.

We have strong links to the Institute for Language, Cognition, and Computation, based in informatics, and also work closely with colleagues in linguistics.

Institute for Language, Cognition, and Computation

Linguistics research at Edinburgh

Facilities

Labs and facilities at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

People

Staff working in this area include:

  Research interests

Professor Holly Branigan

Language production, dialogue, language development, bilingualism.

Dr Martin Corley

Production and comprehension of natural language, speech production.

Dr Morag Donaldson

Language development and language impairment in children.

Dr Leonidas Doumas

Analogy, relational reasoning, mental representation, cognitive development, computational modelling, neural networks.

Dr Peter Lamont

The history and psychology of magic and the paranormal, wider history and theory of psychology (Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology).

Dr Billy Lee

Personal experience, communication, and identity.

Professor Martin Pickering

Language and communication, including language production, comprehension, dialogue, and bilingualism, with a focus on syntax and semantics.

Dr Hugh Rabagliati

Language development and processing, with a focus on meaning, cognitive development, psycholinguistics in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr Richard Shillcock

Reading, cognitive modelling, language representation and processing, theories and models in psychology and cognitive science more widely.

Dr Patrick Sturt

Syntactic processing in language comprehension, computational models of incremental parsing, anaphor resolution, eye movements in reading.

Dr Sue Widdicombe

Identity, the self, culture, qualitative methods.

Postgraduate study

MSc Psychology of Language

PhD and MSc by Research programmes

Meetings and events

Psycholinguistics research at Edinburgh is part of a lively research community with regular opportunities to discuss relevant work or hear from invited speakers.

Psycholinguistics coffee is the group's core meeting series, presenting work from internal and external speakers.

Psycholinguistics coffee workshop

There are regular events organised by the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, and monthly poster sessions as part of the Language at Edinburgh lunch series. You may also be interested in some of the seminars and reading groups organised by colleagues in Linguistics.

Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation events

Language at Edinburgh lunch

Research seminars and reading groups in Linguistics and English Language