Re: Informational Masking (Jont Allen )

Subject: Re: Informational Masking
From:    Jont Allen  <jba(at)RESEARCH.ATT.COM>
Date:    Thu, 1 Mar 2001 19:59:55 -0500

Peter Lennox wrote: > I've also noticed what a complex phenomenon this information-masking is, > compared to signal-masking. If my wife speaks to me when I'm trying to fix > this blessed computer, it can take me 15 minutes to respond! (if at all). Yes, "MS windows" produces lots of "information masking" ;-) > I'm not just being facetious here; I seem to observe that it is possible to > 'store' apparently (fairly) unprocessed 'sound chunks', and 're-listen' to > them a short time later, and *only then* understand them. > Obviously I'm mixing two (or more!) different phenomena here, but it's not > the selective attention / selective inattention that I'm most interested in, > in this case. It's this 'short-term buffer' that is interesting, as it may > be the same thing that assist in 'understanding' complex auditory scenes, > and speech, for that matter. > Is there much work on this? > regards > Peter Lennox > Hardwick House > tel: (0114) 2661509 > e-mail: peter(at) > or:- ppl100(at) sorry I could not resist. --jba (spam Inc.)

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