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Disruption of writing processes by the semanticity of background speech
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
University of Gavle.
University of Gavle.
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 53, no 2, 97-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies have noted that writing processes are impaired by task-irrelevant background sound. However, what makes sound distracting to writing processes has remained unaddressed. The experiment reported here investigated whether the semanticity of irrelevant speech contributes to disruption of writing processes beyond the acoustic properties of the sound. The participants wrote stories against a background of normal speech, spectrally-rotated speech (i. e., a meaningless sound with marked acoustic resemblance to speech) or silence. Normal speech impaired quantitative (e. g., number of characters produced) and qualitative/ semantic (e. g., uncorrected typing errors, proposition generation) aspects of the written material, in comparison with the other two sound conditions, and it increased the duration of pauses between words. No difference was found between the silent and the rotated-speech condition. These results suggest that writing is susceptible to disruption from the semanticity of speech but not especially susceptible to disruption from the acoustic properties of speech.

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Wiley-Blackwell , 2012. Vol. 53, no 2, 97-102 p.
Keyword [en]
Attentional capture, interference-by-process, semantic auditory distraction, writing
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76612DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2011.00936.xISI: 000301709600001OAI: diva2:515453
Available from: 2012-04-13 Created: 2012-04-13 Last updated: 2012-04-13

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