Language Imaging Lab Aphasia Battery

(~15 minutes)

Phonological Short-Term Memory

This test assesses the capacity to retain speech sound information in a short-term memory store across a 5-second maintenance interval, using an AB delayed match-to-sample procedure with syllable trains (Pillay et al., 2017). The amount of material (number of syllables) held in memory is parametrically manipulated.


Procedure (see figure):

Schematic illustration of a phonological short-term memorytrial.

Trials per condition:

Type12345 Total
Same 12 12 12 12 12 60
Different 12 12 12 12 12 60

Data Analysis:


Pillay SB, Kraegel P, Book DS, & Binder JR. (2017). Lesion localization of a shared phonologic representation deficit on reading, rhyming, repetition, and short-term memory tasks. Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD, USA.