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Effects of noise on task performance.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Division of Occupational Health, Occupational Health Research and Training Facility, RR-4, 1966 Jan; :1-22
This report summarizes three experimental investigations (noise and visual vigilance performance; noise and mirror tracing performance; noise and anagram solving performance). Performance of these tasks was slightly poorer in intense background noise than under more quiet conditions, but the differences were statistically insignificant. Selected noise performance findings were related to psychological (personality, noise tolerance) and physiological characteristics of the subjects tested. The presence of noise did not appear to have any marked or systematic adverse effect on perceptual, motor and mental task performance; it is pointed out, however, that this conclusion is somewhat limited by the short term nature of the task and its performance under laboratory conditions.
Mirror-tracing; Visual-vigilance; Anagram-solving; Noise-performance; CIS
Effects of noise on task performance
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