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An empirical investigation of the capture of attention by urgent and non-urgent alarms
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5546-3270
University of Balearic Islands.
School of Psychology, University of Plymouth.
2009 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Studies aiming to establish what constitutes an efficient auditory alarm have used subjective ratings to measure perceived urgency. Such studies have suggested that words spoken urgently are rated as more urgent than words spoken non-urgently. The present study aimed to measure objectively the potency of alarms to capture attention away from a focal task using a cross-modal oddball paradigm. Participants judged the parity of visual digits while ignoring task-irrelevant sounds. On most trials, a sine wave tone (standard) preceded each digit. On rare trials, the standard was replaced by a spoken word (novel). All novels distracted participants from the visual task, with urgent alarms yielding faster response latencies than non-urgent alarms. Subjective ratings confirmed that participants rated urgently spoken words as more urgent. Future work should examine whether our findings reflect perceptual differences between urgent and non-urgent novels, or the speeding up of visual targets by urgent novels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009.
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Engineering Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-40628Local ID: fd2f9c80-cdee-11de-b769-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-40628DiVA, id: diva2:1014150
Conference
Psychonomic Society. Annual meeting : 19/11/2009 - 22/11/2009
Note

Godkänd; 2009; 20091110 (jeskor)

Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-08Bibliographically approved

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