Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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

Working memory and sentence comprehension: Whose burden of proof?

Arthur Wingfield a1
a1 Department of Psychology and Volen National Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02254-9110


Caplan & Waters argue that the processing resources used for sentence comprehension are not drawn from an undifferentiated verbal working memory resource. This commentary cites data from normal aging to support this position. Still lacking in theory development is a specification of the transient memory representations necessary for interpretive and post-interpretive operations.