DISTRACTABILITY OF MALES AND FEMALES IN COMPETING AURAL MESSAGE SITUATIONS. A RESEARCH NOTE

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Abstract

This study investigated whether females are more distractable than males in competing aural message situations. Ss were asked to listen to a tape which played two short stories simultaneously. They were instructed to listen to one story and to ignore the second. Ss were then tested on the story to which they were instructed to attend, and their scores were compared with male and female control groups to determine which sex group had extracted the most information from the listening session. It was concluded that males extracted more information and were thus less distracted.

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