Irrelevant Speech Effect

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The purpose behind this experiment is to see the Irrelevant Speech effect and its impairment on your ability to retain memories of a task due to an irrelevant background noise or speech. The question being posed here here is does a change in language cause an impairment on your ability to retain memories? The study went about solving this by conducting a test on a college cognitive psychology class using an application based off of ISE. The conclusion to this study was that the class supported the overall global data so it provided a significant finding supporting the theory that this study was seeking.
The Irrelevant Speech Effect (ISE) is the impairment of your ability retain memory of a task due to an irrelevant background speech. (LeCompte
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This Effect was brought about by Baddley’s Model of working memory. His Model Proposes the existence of a central executive subsystem this controls the flow of information between subsystems and the persons long term memory and decides where one’s attention will be at any give moment. “This effect has been found to impair performance in serial recall, free recall, immediate cued recall, and immediate probe recognition tasks” (1997) Baddeley’s Model has provided a pathway for a new population interested in this idea of the speech effect. LeCompte, Neely, and Wilson preformed a study in which they were able to test this effect. In their experiment they found that repeatedly words cause a greater irrelevant speech effect than tones. (1997) They were also able to present evidence that even when irrelevant speech contains no meaningful content, its disruptive effect on recall is still greater than that …show more content…
It also supports Baddley’s Model of working memory. His model proposed the existence of a central executive subsystem that controls the flow of information between subsystems and the persons long term memory and decides where one’s attention will be at any give moment. Attention, is vital when you are considering the ISE, Baddley’s model of working memory supports this. The issues with this, is that the language used is very different to English and so to further test this is for the participant to listen to some in English some in German some with soothing noises and some just quiet and see the difference between

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