Investigating Perceptual Congruence Between Data and Display Dimensions in Sonification

Ferguson, J. and Brewster, S. (2018) Investigating Perceptual Congruence Between Data and Display Dimensions in Sonification. In: 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montréal, QC, Canada, 21-26 Apr 2018, p. 611. ISBN 9781450356206 (doi:10.1145/3173574.3174185)

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The relationships between sounds and their perceived meaning and connotations are complex, making auditory perception an important factor to consider when designing sonification systems. Listeners often have a mental model of how a data variable should sound during sonification and this model is not considered in most data:sound mappings. This can lead to mappings that are difficult to use and can cause confusion. To investigate this issue, we conducted a magnitude estimation experiment to map how roughness, noise and pitch relate to the perceived magnitude of stress, error and danger. These parameters were chosen due to previous findings which suggest perceptual congruency between these auditory sensations and conceptual variables. Results from this experiment show that polarity and scaling preference are dependent on the data:sound mapping. This work provides polarity and scaling values that may be directly utilised by sonification designers to improve auditory displays in areas such as accessible and mobile computing, process-monitoring and biofeedback.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This research was funded by the EPSRC.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ferguson, Jamie and Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Ferguson, J., and Brewster, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: 611
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