How long is now? The multiple timescales of language processing

Christopher J. Honey, Janice Chen, Kathrin Müsch, Uri Hasson

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Christiansen & Chater (C&C) envision language function as a hierarchical chain of transformations, enabling rapid, continuous processing of input. Their notion of a "Now-or-Never" bottleneck may be elaborated by recognizing that timescales become longer at successive levels of the sensory processing hierarchy - that is, the window of "Now" expands. We propose that a hierarchical "process memory" is intrinsic to language processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e77
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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