Effects of unattended speech on performance and subjective distraction: The role of acoustic design in open-plan offices

@article{Haapakangas2014EffectsOU,
  title={Effects of unattended speech on performance and subjective distraction: The role of acoustic design in open-plan offices},
  author={A. Haapakangas and V. Hongisto and J. Hy{\"o}n{\"a} and Joonas Kokko and J. Ker{\"a}nen},
  journal={Applied Acoustics},
  year={2014},
  volume={86},
  pages={1-16}
}
Abstract Unattended background speech is a known source of cognitive and subjective distraction in open-plan offices. This study investigated whether the deleterious effects of background speech can be affected by room acoustic design that decreases speech intelligibility, as measured by the Speech Transmission Index (STI). The experiment was conducted in an open-plan office laboratory (84 m2) in which four acoustic conditions were physically built. Three conditions contained background speech… Expand
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