Irrelevant speech has been shown to impair memory performance more than any other type of auditory input, such as music or noise. In laboratory experiments using a wide range of artificial, and natural stimuli, we are trying to identify the acoustical properties of sounds that are responsible for the performance decrements observed. Thus, on the one hand, we are studying the effects of noise on performance, on the other hand, the irrelevant sound paradigm helps us to test hypotheses about the functioning of working memory.
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