An evaluation of earcons for use in auditory human-computer interfaces

Brewster, S.A. , Wright, P.C. and Edwards, A.D.N. (1993) An evaluation of earcons for use in auditory human-computer interfaces. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24-29 April 1993, pp. 222-227. ISBN 0897915755 (doi:10.1145/169059.169179)



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An evaluation of earcons was carried out to seee whether they are an effective means of communicating information in sound. An initial experiment showed that earcons were better than unstructured bursts of sound and that musical timbres were more effective than simple tones. A second experiment was then carried out which improved upon some of the weaknesses shown up in Experiment 1 to give a significant improvement in recognition. From the results of these experiments some guidelines were drawn up for use in the creation of earcons. Earcons have been shown to be an effective method for communicating information in a human-computer interface.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
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Keywords:auditory interfaces, earcons, sonification
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Brewster, S.A., Wright, P.C., and Edwards, A.D.N.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1993 ACM Press
First Published:First published in INTERCHI '93: Conference Proceedings: Bridges Between Worlds
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