Martin Pickering


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room S12, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
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Representative publications

  1. Pickering, M.J., & Garrod, S. (2004). Toward a mechanistic psychology of dialogue. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 169-225.
  2. Hartsuiker, R.J., Pickering, M.J., & Veltkamp, E. (2004). Is syntax separate or shared between languages? Psychological Science, 15, 409-414.
  3. Pickering, M.J., & Ferreira, V.S. (2008). Structural priming: A critical review. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 427-459.
  4. Pickering, M.J., & Garrod, S. (2013). An integrated theory of language production and comprehension. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 329-392.
  5. Cai, Z.G., Pickering, M.J., Wang, R., & Branigan, H.P. (2015). It’s there whether you hear it or not: Syntactic representation of missing arguments. Cognition, 136, 255-267.
  6. Gambi, C., Van der Cavey, J., & Pickering, M.J. (2015). Interference in joint picture naming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41, 1-21.

I am interested in any enquiries about PhD or other research projects in any of my areas of interest.


I studied for a BSc in Psychology at the University of Durham and a PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. I held posts in Arizona, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

Undergraduate teaching

I teach Year 1 Psychology of Language, Year 1 Embodiment, Year 4 Language Production, and MSc Language Production, as well as tutorials, literature reviews, and student projects. My consultation hours are 10-11 Monday and 10-11 Wednesday, for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, or by appointment.

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

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

Latest research activities and personal awards