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ERIC Number: ED073502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 15
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Effects of Noise on Small Group Interaction.
Whitehead, Jack L.
This study reports an analysis of the effects of moderate levels of noise on task performance of an interacting group. Groups of students first interacted in information-sharing discussions under varying conditions of noise and then responded to an objective test over the shared information and to a series of semantic differential scales designed to measure their subjective responses to noise. Four groups of five subjects each were assigned to each of three experimental conditions and one control condition. Measures were obtained of group task performance and of subjective perceptions of noise under conditions that included 50, 60, and 70 dBC levels. Results showed that performance on information-sharing tasks by small groups was unaffected by moderate levels of outside noise, although there were differences in the subjects' perceptions of the noise. (Author/RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)