The Cerebellum and Verbal Working Memory

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Cerebellar damage or dysfunction often results in working memory deficits. Current evidence suggests that the cerebellum may contribute to phonological storage and/or articulatory control (that refreshes the storage) during verbal working memory. Several proposals have been put forth to postulate the mechanism by which the cerebellum supports verbal working memory, including a forward model of error detection and correction of subvocal content. Verbal working memory and motor functions appear to draw upon overlapping resources, demonstrated by studies showing that cerebellar-related motor deficits are exacerbated by working memory demands. A deeper understanding and characterization of cerebellar contributions to verbal working memory may be particularly relevant for clinical populations so that compensatory strategies can be developed to improve quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Linguistic Cerebellum
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128017852
ISBN (Print)9780128016084
StatePublished - 2016


  • Cerebellum
  • Cerebrocerebellar circuits
  • Cognition
  • Functional MRI
  • Motor
  • Neuroimaging
  • Phonological loop
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Sternberg
  • Working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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