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Music and language: do they draw on similar syntactic working memory resources?

Fiveash, Anna; Pammer, Kristen


The cognitive processing similarities between music and language is an emerging field of study, with research finding evidence for shared processing pathways in the brain, especially in relation to syntax. This research combines theory from the shared syntactic integration resource hypothesis (SSIRH; Patel, 2008) and syntactic working memory (SWM) theory (Kljajevic, 2010), and suggests there will be shared processing costs when music and language concurrently access SWM. To examine this, word...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Psychology of Music
DOI: 10.1177/0305735612463949


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