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Effects of Road Traffic Noise and Irrelevant Speech on Children’s Reading and Mathematical Performance
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö. (Laboratoriet för tillämpad psykologi)
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö. (Laboratoriet för tillämpad psykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7584-2275
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö. (Laboratoriet för tillämpad psykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4298-7459
2009 (English)In: Noise & Health, ISSN 1463-1741, E-ISSN 1998-4030, Vol. 11, no 45, 194-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Irrelevant speech in classrooms and road traffic noise adjacent to schools have a substantial impact on children's ability to learn. Comparing the effects of different noise sources on learning may help construct guidelines for noise abatement programs. Experimental studies are important to establish dose-response relationships and to expand our knowledge beyond correlation studies. This experiment examined effects of road traffic noise and irrelevant speech on children's reading speed, reading comprehension, basic mathematics, and mathematical reasoning. A total of 187 pupils (89 girls and 98 boys), 12-13 years old, were tested in their ordinary classrooms. Road traffic noise was found to impair reading speed (P < 0.01) and basic mathematics (P < 0.05). No effect was found on reading comprehension or on mathematical reasoning. Irrelevant speech did not disrupt performance on any task. These findings are related to previous research on noise in schools and the implications for noise abatement guidelines are discussed.

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2009. Vol. 11, no 45, 194-198 p.
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Children; Irrelevant speech; Mathematics; Reading comprehension; Reading speed; Road traffic noise
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-5043DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.56212ISI: 000207821000004PubMedID: 19805928Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70349826522OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-5043DiVA: diva2:231709
Available from: 2009-08-17 Created: 2009-08-17 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved

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