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Re-Sounding Alarms: Designing Ergonomic Auditory Interfaces by Embracing Musical Insights

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Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
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School of the Arts, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
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Healthcare 2020, 8(4), 389; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040389
Received: 31 August 2020 / Revised: 30 September 2020 / Accepted: 1 October 2020 / Published: 8 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Expanding Scope of Music in Healthcare)
Auditory alarms are an important component of human–computer interfaces, used in mission-critical industries such as aviation, nuclear power plants, and hospital settings. Unfortunately, problems with recognition, detection, and annoyance continue to hamper their effectiveness. Historically, they appear designed more in response to engineering constraints than principles of hearing science. Here we argue that auditory perception in general and music perception in particular hold valuable lessons for alarm designers. We also discuss ongoing research suggesting that the temporal complexity of musical tones offers promising insight into new ways of addressing widely recognized shortcomings of current alarms. View Full-Text
Keywords: medical alarms; auditory alarms; music cognition; music perception; ergonomics; human-factors; sound design medical alarms; auditory alarms; music cognition; music perception; ergonomics; human-factors; sound design
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Foley, L.; Anderson, C.J.; Schutz, M. Re-Sounding Alarms: Designing Ergonomic Auditory Interfaces by Embracing Musical Insights. Healthcare 2020, 8, 389. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040389

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Foley L, Anderson CJ, Schutz M. Re-Sounding Alarms: Designing Ergonomic Auditory Interfaces by Embracing Musical Insights. Healthcare. 2020; 8(4):389. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040389

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Foley, Liam, Cameron J. Anderson, and Michael Schutz. 2020. "Re-Sounding Alarms: Designing Ergonomic Auditory Interfaces by Embracing Musical Insights" Healthcare 8, no. 4: 389. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040389

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