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Unmasking the effects of masking on performance: the potential of multiple-voice masking in the office environment
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering. (Miljöpsykologi)
Chalmers University of Technology.
School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering. (Miljöpsykologi)
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2015 (English)In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 138, no 2, 807-816 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Broadband noise is often used as a masking sound to combat the negative consequences of background speech on performance in open-plan offices. As office workers generally dislike broadband noise, it is important to find alternatives that are more appreciated while being at least not less effective. The purpose of experiment 1 was to compare broadband noise with two alternatives—multiple voices and water waves—in the context of a serial short-term memory task. A single voice impaired memory in comparison with silence, but when the single voice was masked with multiple voices, performance was on level with silence. Experiment 2 explored the benefits of multiple-voice masking in more detail (by comparing one voice, three voices, fivevoices, and seven voices) in the context of word processed writing (arguably a more office-relevant task). Performance (i.e., writing fluency) increased linearly from worst performance in the one-voice condition to best performance in the seven-voice condition. Psychological mechanisms underpinning these effects are discussed.

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2015. Vol. 138, no 2, 807-816 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20031DOI: 10.1121/1.4926904ISI: 000360652900036PubMedID: 26328697ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84939808291OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20031DiVA: diva2:841973
Available from: 2015-07-15 Created: 2015-07-15 Last updated: 2015-10-06Bibliographically approved

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