Influence of Background Speech and Music in Interrupted Reading: An Eye-Tracking Study

Cauchard, F. and Cane, J.E. and Weger, U.W. (2012) Influence of Background Speech and Music in Interrupted Reading: An Eye-Tracking Study. Applied Cognitive Psychology . pp. 381-390. ISSN 1099-0720. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The current study examined the influence of interruption, background speech and music on reading, using an eye movement paradigm. Participants either read paragraphs while being exposed to background speech or music or read the texts in silence. On half of the trials, participants were interrupted by a 60-second audio story before resuming reading the paragraph. Interruptions increased overall reading time, but the reading of text following the interruption was quicker compared with baseline. Background speech and music did not modulate the interruption effects, but the background speech slowed down the reading rate compared with reading in the presence of music or reading in silence. The increase in reading time was primarily due to an increase in the time spent rereading previously read words. We argue that the observed interruption effects are in line with a theory of long-term working memory, and we present practical implications for the reported background speech effects.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: James Cane
Date Deposited: 15 May 2012 11:34
Last Modified: 18 May 2012 15:08
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29461 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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