Carnegie Mellon University
February 08, 2021

Lori Holt Talks Crowd Noise on CBS News Sunday Morning

Although sporting events have continued in the time of COVID-19, stadiums have largely remained empty while fans watch from the safety of their homes. In the past, most of us have taken the noise of a cheering crowd for granted, but now there are no fans who are physically present to create this auditory backdrop. Professional sports leagues have solved this problem by playing pre-recorded crowd noise to simulate the environment of a usual game. 

Lori Holt, professor of psychology and core faculty in the Neuroscience Institute, studies the cognitive processes that underlie auditory processing. She appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning to talk with David Pogue about the importance of crowd noise at sporting events.

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