The recent comments on this issue (from Deutsch, Demeny and others) are
compatible with Margaret Wilson's claim that ``the phonological loop''
is basically articulatory or motor. See her review article: `The case
for sensorimotor coding in working memory' in Psychonomic Bulletin
& Review 8 (2001), pp. 44-57. She concludes that ``only a
sensorimotor model can accommodate the broad range of effects that
characterize verbal working memory'' and points out that this supports
the general viewpoint of embodied cognition. So what Baddeley called
`phonological' is not at all what linguists would call phonological
(since they would expect that to mean something completely abstract and
devoid of sensory or motor content).|
So the prediction would have to be that the only way the ``phonological loop'' could encode music is if it could be stored as something one could SING!
Linguistics and Cognitive Science
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