A shield against distraction

Abstract

In this paper, we apply the basic idea of a trade-off between the level of concentration and distractibility to test whether a manipulation of task difficulty can shield against distraction. Participants read, either in quiet or with a speech noise background, texts that were displayed either in an easy-to-read or a hard-to-read font. Background speech impaired prose recall, but only when the text was displayed in the easy-to-read font. Most importantly, recall was better in the background speech condition for hardto-read than for easy-to-read texts. Moreover, individual differences in working memory capacity were eywords:

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@inproceedings{Halin2015ASA, title={A shield against distraction}, author={Niklas Halin and Patrik S{\"{o}rqvist and Anna Hellmana and Ida Hellstr{\"{o}ma and Patrik S{\"{o}rqvista}, year={2015} }