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High second-language proficiency protects against the effects of reverberation on listening comprehension
Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. University of Gävle, Sweden. (Linnaeus Centre HEAD)
Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. University of Gävle, Sweden University of Dalarna, Sweden . (Linnaeus Centre HEAD)
University of Gävle, Sweden .
Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Disability Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Linnaeus Centre HEAD)
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 55, no 2, 91-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this experiment was to investigate whether classroom reverberation influences second-language (L2) listening comprehension. Moreover, we investigated whether individual differences in baseline L2 proficiency and in working memory capacity (WMC) modulate the effect of reverberation time on L2 listening comprehension. The results showed that L2 listening comprehension decreased as reverberation time increased. Participants with higher baseline L2 proficiency were less susceptible to this effect. WMC was also related to the effect of reverberation (although just barely significant), but the effect of WMC was eliminated when baseline L2 proficiency was statistically controlled. Taken together, the results suggest that top-down cognitive capabilities support listening in adverse conditions. Potential implications for the Swedish national tests in English are discussed.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Vol. 55, no 2, 91-96 p.
Keyword [en]
Reverberation, comprehension, second language, speech perception, working memory capacity
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106132DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12115ISI: 000333054400001PubMedID: 24646043OAI: diva2:714033
Available from: 2014-04-25 Created: 2014-04-24 Last updated: 2014-10-02Bibliographically approved

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