ERIC Number: ED220822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Comprehension of an Unattended Prose Passage.
Yates, Jack; And Others
A shadowing paradigm was used to determine the extent to which subjects could comprehend a spoken message without allocating attention or awareness to it. The paradigm involved presenting subjects with a control passage describing neutral events and an experimental passage describing embarrassing events over an unattended auditory channel. Measurements were taken of the subjects' ability to shadow (repeat) a passage. Each subject's skin conductance was also recorded as a measure of his or her unconscious reaction to unattended passages. Results indicated that the experimental passage had an effect on the subjects as measured by skin conductance. The findings suggest that at some level the subjects knew that the experimental passage was more interesting than the control passage and thus were able to comprehend it at some level more inclusive than that of the individual word. (Time lines for the control and experimental conditions are appended, along with topics of the passages used in the study.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Minneapolis, MN, May 6-8, 1982).