Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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The interactive-alignment model: Developments and refinements

Martin J. Pickering a1 and Simon Garrod a2
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, United Kingdom
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QT, United Kingdom


The interactive-alignment model of dialogue provides an account of dialogue at the level of explanation normally associated with cognitive psychology. We develop our claim that interlocutors align their mental models via priming at many levels of linguistic representation, explicate our notion of automaticity, defend the minimal role of “other modeling,” and discuss the relationship between monologue and dialogue. The account can be applied to social and developmental psychology, and would benefit from computational modeling.