Metamemory for words in noise

Oates, Sarah (2014) Metamemory for words in noise. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This study used ease of learning (EOL) judgments to examine whether people recognize the effect that noise has on their recall performance. In four experiments, participants studied lists of visually-presented words while ignoring different types of irrelevant background noise. In Experiment 1, EOLs and recall were measured in three conditions: quiet, white noise, and irrelevant speech (cafeteria babble). Surprisingly, the typical irrelevant speech effect (ISE) was not observed. Experiment 2 determined that the lack of an ISE was not due to the additional EOL judgment. In Experiment 3, a different irrelevant speech sound file (a single talker speaking German) elicited a typical ISE. Finally, in Experiment 4, a robust ISE was found. The metamemory data showed that participants can recognize the effect of irrelevant speech prior to being tested but incorrectly believe white noise has a disadvantageous effect on their memory. The results are discussed in terms of Koriat’s (1997) cue utilization theory.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 8274
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 43-47).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: July 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Learning, Psychology of; Metacognition; Distraction (Psychology); Noise--Psychological aspects

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