O estudo da natureza do chunking verbal
: o enquadramento semântico e sintático na memória de trabalho

  • Nádia Isabel Silva Canário (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The main goal of this study is to analyze the verbal chunking in two different conditions of Phonological Loop capacity. More concretely it is intended to investigate whether the formation of verbal chunks constitutes an automatic process or it depends on the attentional resources directed to the task. It is further intended to investigate whether the Phonological Loop capacity effect the nature of this process. To accomplish that it was created an immediate serial recall task paradigm, to which a secondary task was added so that attentional resources addressed to the main task could be manipulated. Main theoretical considerations came from this work are mainly contextualized in the framework of the Multicomponent Model of Working Memory, namely in the Episodic Buffer component. The results, as predicted, suggest the relatively automaticity of the verbal chunking process, and as well as its independence from the Phonological Loop capacity constraints.
Date of Award15 Jan 2014
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMaria Vânia Silva Nunes (Supervisor)


  • Working memory
  • Verbal chunking
  • Phonological loop
  • Attention


  • Mestrado em Neuropsicologia

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