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What causes auditory distraction?

Macken, William John ORCID:, Phelps, Fiona Grace and Jones, Dylan Marc ORCID: 2009. What causes auditory distraction? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 16 (1) , pp. 139-144. 10.3758/PBR.16.1.139

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The role of separating task-relevant from task-irrelevant aspects of the environment is typically assigned to the executive functioning of working memory. However, pervasive aspects of auditory distraction have been shown to be unrelated to working memory capacity in a range of studies of individual differences. We measured individual differences in global pattern matching and deliberate recoding of auditory sequences, and showed that, although deliberate processing was related to short-term memory performance, it did not predict the extent to which that performance was disrupted by task-irrelevant sound. Individual differences in global sequence processing were, however, positively related to the degree to which auditory distraction occurred. We argue that much auditory distraction, rather than being a negative function of working memory capacity, is in fact a positive function of the acuity of obligatory auditory processing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1069-9384
Funders: ESRC Award RES-062-23-0011
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:54

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