Memory for tonal pitches: A music-length effect hypothesis

Lilach Akiva-Kabiri, Tomaso Vecchi, Roni Granot, Demis Basso, Daniele Schön

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One of the most studied effects of verbal working memory (WM) is the influence of the length of the words that compose the list to be remembered. This work aims to investigate the nature of musical WM by replicating the word length effect in the musical domain. Length and rate of presentation were manipulated in a recognition task of tone sequences. Results showed significant effects for both factors (length and presentation rate) as well as their interaction, suggesting the existence of different strategies (e.g., chunking and rehearsal) for the immediate memory of musical information, depending upon the length of the sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
ISSN (Print)00778923
ISSN (Electronic)17496632


  • Length effect
  • Music
  • Pitch tone
  • Working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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