The current study investigated the cognitive mechanisms underlying the distraction effects that occur when overhearing one side of a cell phone conversation, or a "halfalogue."
We did not successfully replicate past research conducted by Emberson, Lupyan, Goldsetin, and Spivey in 2010. This indicates that overhearing a halfalogue is no more distracting than overhearing a dialogue. However, the results showed that people anticipated the cessation of speech by the audible, co-located speaker which thereby reduced distraction upon speech termination within a halfalogue. Results also indicated that having only prior partial knowledge of a conversation can produce more distraction when compared to having complete prior knowledge of a conversation.
These findings add to the understanding of halfalogues and can be of interest to law makers studying cell phone distraction in automobiles as well as cognitive psychologists studying language.
|Advisor:||Miles, James D.|
|Commitee:||Bergen, Benjamin, Chiappe, Dan|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Psychology, Option in Human Factors|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Cognitive psychology|
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