Why are auditory novels distracting? Contrasting the roles of novelty, violation of expectation and stimulus change.

@article{Parmentier2011WhyAA,
  title={Why are auditory novels distracting? Contrasting the roles of novelty, violation of expectation and stimulus change.},
  author={Fabrice B R Parmentier and Jane V. Elsley and Pilar Robledo Andr{\'e}s and Francisco Barcel{\'o}},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2011},
  volume={119 3},
  pages={374-80}
}
Past studies show that novel auditory stimuli, presented in the context of an otherwise repeated sound, capture participants' attention away from a focal task, resulting in measurable behavioral distraction. Novel sounds are traditionally defined as rare and unexpected but past studies have not sought to disentangle these concepts directly. Using a cross-modal oddball task, we contrasted these aspects orthogonally by manipulating the base rate and conditional probabilities of sound events. We… CONTINUE READING

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