Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Why are overheard cell phone conversations distracting?
by Stal, Mikhail, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 55; 1524164
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Communication, Cognitive psychology
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Publication Number: 1524164
ISBN: 9781303521416
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