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The Psychology of Music in Multimedia$
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Siu-Lan Tan, Annabel J. Cohen, Scott D. Lipscomb, and Roger A. Kendall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199608157

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608157.001.0001

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Auditory icons, earcons, and displays: Information and expression through sound

Auditory icons, earcons, and displays: Information and expression through sound

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(p.339) Chapter 15 Auditory icons, earcons, and displays: Information and expression through sound
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The Psychology of Music in Multimedia
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Agnieszka Roginska

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608157.003.0015

Although it is often claimed that we have become a primarily visual-based society, the role of sound and music in communicating and augmenting information transmission has become increasingly important. This chapter examines different types of auditory displays, their functions and applications in multimedia. Auditory displays (including auditory icons, earcons, and data-driven sound) not only give the user a heightened sense of immersion into an environment, improve data and information transmission from a device to a user, and optimize interaction, but also facilitate multitasking by taking some of the perceptual load exerted by visual stimuli and distributing it over the visual and the auditory systems. The role of auditory displays in multimedia environments is to carry information, alert, increase the sense of immersion, complement, and augment visual displays, while transmitting information in the most optimal way.

Keywords:   auditory displays, earcons, auditory icons, sonification, augmented displays, multi-modal displays, data-driven sound

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