Auditory spatial attention in a complex acoustic environment while walking: Investigation of dual-task performance

Authors

  • Sin Tung Lau Dept of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road N, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6, Canada
  • Jacob Maracle Dept of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road N, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6, Canada
  • Dario Coletta Dept of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road N, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6, Canada
  • Gurjit Singh Dept of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road N, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6, Canada
  • Jennifer Campos Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, 550 University Ave., Toronto, ON, M5G 2A2, Canada
  • M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller Dept of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road N, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6, Canada

Keywords:

Audition, Acoustic environment, Degree of similarity, Dual-tasks, Experimental conditions, Hearing threshold, Response measures, Spatial attention, Task performance, Toronto, Undergraduate students, Word identification

Abstract

Auditory spatial attention in a complex acoustic environment while walking was investigated to find the dual-task performance. Three undergraduate students, ages 19 to 26 years, with normal pure-tone air-conducted hearing thresholds for frequencies from 0.25 to 8 kHz, performed a word identification task in two experimental conditions. Testing was conducted in StreetLab in the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL) at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The stimuli for the listening task were all sentences recorded by four male talkers for the Coordinated Response Measure (CRM). All participants completed 8 sessions in each of two conditions; standing and walking. The standing and walking conditions differed in terms of whether or not there was a secondary task during listening. The high degree of similarity in listening task performance between the standing and walking conditions suggest that the listening abilities in multi-talker environments of these participants were not affected by the inclusion of a walking component.

Published

2012-09-01

How to Cite

1.
Lau ST, Maracle J, Coletta D, Singh G, Campos J, Kathleen Pichora-Fuller M. Auditory spatial attention in a complex acoustic environment while walking: Investigation of dual-task performance. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2012Sep.1 [cited 2021May13];40(3):118-9. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2567

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

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