Repetition deafness: Repeated Words in Computer-Compressed Speech Are Difficult to Encode and Recall

Michelle Miller, Donald G. Mackay

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This research demonstrates a new cognitive phenomenon known as repetition deafness, a difficulty in immediate recall of repeated words in computer-compressed speech Sixty-four subjects heard sentences and lists at four speeded rates 70, 55, 35, and 28 ms/phoneme Each target word in the materials followed a pretarget word that was either identical (repeated-target condition) or different (unrepeated-target condition), and targets were harder to recall when repeated than unrepeated Repetition deafness was rate-limited, occurring only with rapid rates of presentation (55 ms/phoneme or less), and decreased in magnitude as structure increased from lists to sentences Implications for current theories of repetition deficits are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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