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date: 17 August 2019

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Timothy Hubbard offers a discussion of recent findings related to auditory imagery. These findings allow Hubbard to focus on how auditory imagery can occur automatically and involuntarily and can be evoked by different activities and/or triggered by memories from previous musical exposure. Hubbard discusses different forms of auditory imagery (e.g., anticipatory musical imagery, earworms, notational audiation, inner speech, in silent reading of text, auditory verbal hallucinations), and he explores differences between the inner ear and the inner voice, possible contributions of subvocalization to auditory imagery, and potential of auditory imagery as a component in musical practice and performance. Suggestions that auditory imagery reflects dynamic representation are considered, and Hubbard speculates that auditory imagery has a more profound role in a wider range of cognitive activities than is commonly assumed.

Keywords: auditory imagery, musical imagery, earworms, inner ear, inner voice, subvocalization, inner speech, musical practice

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