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The role of spatial location in irrelevant speech revisited: A pre-registered replicationuse asterix (*) to get italics
Florian Kattner, Mitra Hassanzadeh, & Wolfgang EllermeierPlease use the format "First name initials family name" as in "Marie S. Curie, Niels H. D. Bohr, Albert Einstein, John R. R. Tolkien, Donna T. Strickland"
<p>The goal of the present investigation is to perform a preregistered replication of Jones and Macken’s (1995b) study, which showed that the segregation of a sequence of sounds to distinct spatial locations reduced the detrimental effects of irrelevant speech on short-term memory. Thereby, it postulated an intriguing connection between the psycho-acoustical concept of spatial auditory stream segregation and the cognitive mechanism underlying the irrelevant speech effect. Specifically, it was found that spoken utterances (e.g., “V-J-X”) were less disruptive in a “stereo” condition in which each auditory event (each letter) could be allocated to a separate location (right ear, left ear, center), compared to when the sounds were played in “mono”, which does not allow for such streaming-by-location. It is important to replicate this influential study with enhanced statistical power, due to its relevance for probing the classic as well as more recent accounts of the irrelevant speech effect, but also since the results were somewhat equivocal, in that the stereo condition produced slightly more disruption compared to silence and compared to the respective steady-state conditions with a single repeated letter (“J-J-J”). Jones and Macken’s study, which has never been replicated by a different laboratory, to our knowledge, is significant both theoretically, and from an applied perspective, since it postulates a role for the spatial distribution of sound to modulate auditory distraction with relevance, for example, for the acoustic design of the workplace.</p>
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Cognitive Psychology, working memory, irrelevant speech effect, auditory streaming
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2023-04-26 17:01:57
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