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Second language vocabulary level is related to benefits for second language listening comprehension under lower reverberation time conditions
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building Engineering, Energy Systems and Sustainability Science, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4947-4579
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building Engineering, Energy Systems and Sustainability Science, Environmental Science. (Environmental Psychology)
Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building Engineering, Energy Systems and Sustainability Science, Environmental Science. (Environmental Psychology)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4298-7459
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 2044-5911, E-ISSN 2044-592X, Vol. 31, no 2, p. 175-185Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The acoustic qualities of a room can have a deleterious effect on the quality of speech signals. The acoustic measurement of reverberation time (RT) has shown to impact second language (L2) speech comprehension positively when lower due to release from spectral and temporal masking effects as well as top-down processing factors. This auralization experiment investigated the benefits of better L2 vocabulary and executive function (updating) skills during L2 listening comprehension tests under shorter versus longer RT conditions (0.3 and 0.9 s). 57 bilingual university students undertook L2 vocabulary, number updating and L2 listening comprehension tests. After splitting groups into high/low vocabulary and updating groups, a mixed ANOVA was conducted. The high number updating group showed no significant differences or interactions in L2 listening comprehension than the lower number updating group across RT conditions. The high vocabulary group had 22% better L2 listening comprehension than the low vocabulary group in long RT, and 9% better in short RT. A significant benefit in L2 listening comprehension due to release from reverberation was only evident in the high vocabulary group. Results indicate that the benefit of good room acoustics for listening comprehension is greatest for those with better language (vocabulary) ability.

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2019. Vol. 31, no 2, p. 175-185
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Reverberation time, Listening comprehension, Second language
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-29173DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2019.1575387ISI: 000461550600004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060842774OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-29173DiVA, id: diva2:1282574
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EU, European Research Council, FP7/2007-2013EU, European Research Council, FP7-607139Available from: 2019-01-25 Created: 2019-01-25 Last updated: 2019-08-13Bibliographically approved

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