Using audio to enhance information tasks

  • Ballas J
  • Brock D
  • Nevitt J
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Abstract

This paper describes new audio capabilities that are not just technologies; it also reflects an understanding of how to use audio to support information tasks. The following assertions underlie these new capabilities: meaningful non-speech sounds can function like words; sound design is a critical factor in the effective use of sound; sonification is an option for conveying information; sound can make visual attention significantly more efficient. We take a look at how these assertions combine to improve our abilities to process information.

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Authors

  • James A. Ballas

  • Derek Brock

  • Justin Nevitt

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