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Tinnitus and short-term serial recall in stable versus intermittent masking conditions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 50, no 5, 517-522 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The relation between tinnitus and short-term memory performance in varying background sounds is not well understood. In the present study a sample of 18 persons with tinnitus completed a serial recall test in three conditions, silence, masking and intermittent masking. The performance of a matched control group without tinnitus was also investigated. Based on the literature on the "irrelevant sound effect" we expected that the tinnitus group would perform worse during intermittent masking and that they would score lower overall compared to the control group. Results revealed no statistically significant differences between the groups, nor any group interaction within sound conditions for the serial recall test. Groups did however differ regarding subjective measures of concentration problems, anxiety and depression. Results are discussed in relation to thought suppression and distraction from tinnitus.

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2009. Vol. 50, no 5, 517-522 p.
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Tinnitus, working memory, serial recall, irrelevant sound, tinnitus masking
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-139539DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2009.00752.xISI: 000270129900016PubMedID: 19778399OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-139539DiVA: diva2:381581
Available from: 2010-12-28 Created: 2010-12-28 Last updated: 2010-12-28Bibliographically approved

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