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Massive auditory lexical decision: Investigating performance in noisy environments

Pearl Lorentzen
Although most auditory lexical decision experiments are performed in a laboratory setting, humans tend to communicate in uncontrolled and noisy environments. We investigated, indirectly, the impact of noise and other distractions on lexical processing. The present study used a subset of words from the Massive Auditory Lexical Decision (MALD) database and ran a series of shorter auditory lexical decision experiments at a busy science museum, the Telus World of Science -Edmonton, as part of a
more » ... n, as part of a science outreach program. As expected, the surroundings provided many distractions, as well as a larger variety in age and other participant characteristics in comparison to a laboratory study. In this environment, speed and accuracy of responses were both reduced, but the same patterns of results as those obtained in laboratory settings emerged.
doi:10.7939/r3-hrnv-sn79 fatcat:a5vs5l5uong3xlwial5k32art4