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The effect of task-irrelevant sounds on cognitive performance

Jones, Dylan Marc ORCID:, Banbury, Simon P., Tremblay, Sebastien and Macken, William John ORCID: 1999. The effect of task-irrelevant sounds on cognitive performance. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 43 (3) , pp. 261-265. 10.1177/154193129904300328

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The effects of background sounds on cognitive performance are of great relevance to the study of efficiency in work environments such as offices and flight deck, where the presence of extraneous auditory stimuli is common. A number of laboratory studies have shown large and consistent disruption of performance, despite participants' consciously trying to ignore the task-irrelevant sounds. This breakdown of selective attention suggests that unattended sound is processed to some extent and that this process interferes wwith processing task-relevant information. The features of the sounds and those of the tasks, which augment and reduce the degree of disruption, as well as the practical implications of those findings, are discussed in this review.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1071-1813
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 08:54

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