Re: Informational Masking (Christian Kaernbach )

Subject: Re: Informational Masking
From:    Christian Kaernbach  <chris(at)PSYCHOLOGIE.UNI-LEIPZIG.DE>
Date:    Sat, 3 Mar 2001 08:16:33 +0100

> ... I can think of many examples where I'm able to repeat, after a > period, a very reasonable representation of the sound of the sentence > which had been spoken to me, even though so doing produces a sentence > which is complete nonsense. ... > in the 'gobbledegook' reconstruction of the sentence, it's usually > the consonants that I've got wrong (.....I think). The vowel sounds > seem fairly right, and the rhythm overall seems right, even though > the division into words has often gone awry. Could it be that this gobbledegook reconstruction happens after a time span which is closer to 20 s than to 15 min? 20 s is quite a long time, so one might be surprised to be able to do so after 20 s, though I wouldn't. Long auditory storage (Cowan, 1984) can be as long as that. In cases with more than a minute inbetween I would suspect partial understanding of the sentence. - Christian

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