Sonification Design for Complex Work Domains: Dimensions and Distractors

Anderson, Janet E. and Sanderson, Penelope (2009) Sonification Design for Complex Work Domains: Dimensions and Distractors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15 3: 183-198. doi:10.1037/a0016329

Author Anderson, Janet E.
Sanderson, Penelope
Title Sonification Design for Complex Work Domains: Dimensions and Distractors
Journal name Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1076-898X
Publication date 2009-09
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0016329
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 183
End page 198
Total pages 16
Editor Wendy A Rogers
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Sonification—representing data in sound—is a potential method for supporting human operators who have to monitor dynamic processes. Previous research has investigated a limited number of sound dimensions and has not systematically investigated the impact of dimensional interactions on sonification effectiveness. In three experiments the authors investigated accuracy for identifying changes in six target auditory dimensions of a continuous pulse stream under three conditions: no distractor, one distractor, and five distractors. In Experiment 1 amplitude, frequency, harmonics, speed, tremolo (cycles per pulse), and width were tested. Accuracy and patterns of interaction between the dimensions were mapped. In Experiment 2 the same dimensions were tested but tremolo was operationalized as cycles per second (Hz). The patterns of interaction between the temporal dimensions differed from Experiment 1. In Experiment 3 the amplitude contour of the pulse stream was changed. The dimensions tested were amplitude, frequency, formants, speed, tremolo (cycles per period), and width. Results showed low accuracy for formants and many interactions, both positive and negative between the dimensions. The authors interpret the results in terms of theories of perceptual interference in auditory dimensions.
Keyword sonification
perceptual interaction
auditory perception
auditory attention
auditory display
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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