Effects of Noise on Access to Recent Memory Academic Article uri icon


  • Two experiments are described. The first demonstrated the effects of relatively low intensity noise on recall of a previously learned list of nonsense syllables. Significant differences were found between recall under noise and recall under ambient noise conditions with the noise condition producing more errors. Exp. 2 yielded a high correlation between number of errors made in the original learning trials and the number of errors made in recall under noise. The relationships suggest a quite complex action of noise on mental function, one which is other than a peripheral distraction effect.

publication date

  • December 1978