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Noise and concentration

Noral D. Stewart noral at ix.netcom.com
Tue Aug 5 18:13:03 EST 1997

Jacques Bruch wrote:
> Noise can cause hearing loss. Does there exist a context between noise and
> personal concentration (e.g. driving car, reading, working)? Are any web pages
> or reports available?
> Jacques Bruch
> email: jacques.bruch at crpht.lu
Noise tends to cause you to focus your concentration.  If you are doing
a simple task, you may do it better.  However, if you are doing a
complex task, you will tend to concentrate on the one part of the task
you consider most important, and other parts will suffer.  Look for
papers on the subject by Donald Broadbent, or look up the chapters on
the subject he has written the Handbook of Noise Control or Handbook of
Acoustical Measurements and Noise Control edited by Cyril Harris,
published by McGraw Hill.

Noral Stewart

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