The effects of task interruptions and background speech on writing
2015 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Background speech and task interruptions are common place in open offices. Different studies have shown disturbing effects of background speech and task interruptions on different cognitive tasks relevant for office work. In the present study, combined effects of task interruptions and background speech on writing were investigated. As it should take some time to continue writing after being interrupted, the present study explored the time it takes to reach the same speed of writing (words per second) as before the interruption (baseline level). One expectation was that it should take more time to reach baseline level after being interrupted when background speech was present. University students wrote different stories of five minutes per story, with presence of background speech and in silence. In half of the conditions, they were interrupted three times for thirty seconds per time by being requested to do a calculation task. Results showed that time to reach baseline level after the interruption was between 10 and 15 seconds. Background speech had an overall effect on writing performance but did not interact with interruptions.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20307OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20307DiVA: diva2:855280
BCEP2015, 11th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Bridging theory and practice: inspiring the future of environmental psychology, 24-26 August 2015, Groningen, The Netherlands