Auditory distraction and serial memory: the avoidable and the ineluctable.

  title={Auditory distraction and serial memory: the avoidable and the ineluctable.},
  author={Dylan M. Jones and Robert W. Hughes and William J. Macken},
  journal={Noise & health},
  volume={12 49},
One mental activity that is very vulnerable to auditory distraction is serial recall. This review of the contemporary findings relating to serial recall charts the key determinants of distraction. It is evident that there is one form of distraction that is a joint product of the cognitive characteristics of the task and of the obligatory cognitive processing of the sound. For sequences of sound, distraction appears to be an ineluctable product of similarity-of-process, specifically, the serial… CONTINUE READING

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