Reactivity effects of concurrent verbalisation during a graph comprehension task

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Abstract

We report an experiment investigating how concurrent verbalisation during a task can affect performance (a so-called “reactivity” effect). Participants studied three-variable line graphs while (a) concurrently thinking aloud or (b) silently studied the graphs and provided an interpretation once they felt they had understood it. Results showed that verbalisation hindered performance significantly compared to the silent condition. To support the claim that the act of verbalising was hindering performance, competing explanations were also tested, which confirmed thinking aloud as the most likely cause. This contradicts claims by Ericsson and Simon (1993) that thinking aloud reflects but does not affect performance and provides further evidence that verbalising thought processes can hinder performance
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsMarkus Knauff, Michael Pauen, Natalie Sebanz, Ipke Wachsmuth
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 31 Jul 20133 Aug 2013
Conference number: 35

Conference

Conference35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Abbreviated titleCogsci 2013
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period31/07/133/08/13

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    Ali, N., & Peebles, D. (2013). Reactivity effects of concurrent verbalisation during a graph comprehension task. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society