New paper exploring the importance of melodic structure on alarm design

Jess 2013  

Lab alumni Jess Gillard’s (MSc ‘14) paper “Composing Alarms” now appears in the latest issue of Neurocase. Her research explores the role of melodic intervals in contributing to well known issues of confusion related to auditory alarms as a tool for human computer interfaces. Standardized auditory alarms are used in a variety of medical devices as they convey important information without requiring constant visual monitoring.  However, these alarms are often confused making them less useful. Studies like this one aim to determine the factors making the alarm ineffective in order to better inform future alarm design.  

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