Instructional Level: Fundamental
To determine whether white noise facilitates new word learning, 80 participants completed a single training session to learn the names of twenty novel objects. The session comprised 5 learning phases, each followed by a recall test, and a final recognition test. Half of the participants completed the learning phases in the presence of white noise presented at 70dB SPL(A). The results showed the presence of white noise significantly enhanced new word learning in healthy adults.