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Background noise means process interference in counting performance
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering. (Miljöpsykologi)
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering. (Miljöpsykologi)
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, 2011, Vol. 33, 540-545 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present paper examined the effects of different background sounds on counting performance. Two experiments were carried out to test how counting performance was affected by four background noise conditions: spoken numbers, numbers played backwards, names of occupations and a silent control condition. The hypothesis was that the condition with spoken number noise should have strongest negative effect on counting performance. The results from Experiment 1 gave no support for the hypothesis, since no significant difference between conditions was found. Experiment 2 used a more complex counting task and a faster presentation rate of the background sounds. The condition with spoken number noise showed largest effect on counting performance, and performance in the control condition was better than all background sound conditions. The results are in line with the theory of interference by process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 33, 540-545 p.
Series
Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, ISSN 14786095 ; PART 3
Keyword [en]
Counting, Interference by process, Noise
National Category
Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10450Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84871481839ISBN: 978-16-183907-9-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-10450DiVA: diva2:443813
Conference
10th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem 2011, ICBEN 2011, 24-25 July 2011, London, United Kingdom
Available from: 2011-09-27 Created: 2011-09-27 Last updated: 2017-04-11Bibliographically approved

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