The effects of background auditory interference and extraversion on creative and cognitive task performance

Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Swami, Viren and Terrado, Avegayle and Furnham, Adrian (2009) The effects of background auditory interference and extraversion on creative and cognitive task performance. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 1 (2). pp. 18-24. ISSN 1918-7211

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Abstract

The present study examined the effects of different types of background auditory stimuli on the cognitive and creative task performance of introverts and extraverts. A sample of 77 high-school students completed two cognitive tasks (Baddeley Reasoning Test and sentence-completion) and a creative task (Alternate-Uses Test of divergent thinking) under one of four different background auditory conditions (speech, noise, music, or silence), as well as being assessed on Extraversion. Results showed no significant main or interactive effects of background auditory stimuli and personality on either cognitive task performance. However, there was a significant interactive effect on creative performance, with extraverts performing better in the presence of music than introverts. Consistencies and discrepancies with past literature are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 09:48
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2011 09:48
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/9684

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