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The effects of visual white noise on performance in an episodic memory test: A pilot study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Previous findings have suggested that auditive white noise benefits cognitive performance under certain circumstances. The primary purpose of the present pilot study was to explore the effects of visual white noise on verbal episodic memory performance in a normal participant population. Performance was assessed by an immediate free recall test. A secondary purpose was to explore whether participants` eye blink rates and/or temporal processing alters in different noise conditions. The findings of the present study suggest that visual white noise does not affect recall performance among normal participants. However, partially different memory systems and/or memorizing techniques might be used in different noise conditions. Furthermore, noise was not found to affect participants` blink rates or temporal processing.

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2009. , 18 p.
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White noise, episodic memory, working memory, MBA model, stochastic resonance, dopamine, ADHD
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8522OAI: diva2:200423
Available from: 2009-02-10 Created: 2009-02-10Bibliographically approved

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