Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Caplan & Waters: Working memory and sentence comprehension

In-line measures of syntactic processing using event-related brain potentials

Marta Kutas a1 and Jonathan W. King a1
a1 Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0515


Scalp-recorded event-related potential (ERP) measures of reading and listening have been proved more sensitive to the time course of syntactic processing than the chronometric and behavioral data described by Caplan & Waters. ERP studies using sentences containing relative clauses indicate that there are individual differences in syntactic processing that appear at the earliest theoretically relevant time points and are attributable to working memory operations.