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Disruption of reading comprehension by irrelevant speech: the role of updating in working memory
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö. (Miljöpsykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7584-2275
University of Gävle, Department of Education and Psychology, Ämnesavdelningen för psykologi.
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö. (Miljöpsykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4298-7459
2008 (English)In: ICBEN 2008: Machantucket Connecticut, USA, July 21-25, 2008: the 9th Congress of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise: Noise as a Public Health Problem: Proceedings (edited by Barbara Griefahn), Dortmund: IfADo , 2008, p. 410-417Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This investigation examined the relationship between updating in working memory and the effect of irrelevant speech on reading comprehension. In updating tasks, participants can make two types of errors labelled delayed intrusions and immediate intrusions. Delayed intrusions measures people’s ability to suppress active information in working memory, while immediate intrusions measure people’s ability to inhibit information from becoming too active. In our study, a negative relationship between reading comprehension and delayed intrusions was found, and reading comprehension was disrupted by irrelevant speech. This disruption was larger for participants with poor updating ability, specifically for those who made a lot of immediate intrusion errors. The results suggest that people with poor updating ability are not only less able to comprehend what they read, but also more susceptible to the disruptive effects from background speech while reading.

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Dortmund: IfADo , 2008. p. 410-417
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1904ISBN: 987-3-9808342-5-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-1904DiVA, id: diva2:118566
Available from: 2008-06-16 Created: 2008-06-16 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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