Hearing but not listening

Auditory icons and presence

Ahmad Baharin Ahmad Hanif, Ralf Mühlberger

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Abstract

This paper explores the usage of auditory icons in creating the feeling of presence of a remote person in a virtual simulation of domestic life. Auditory icons are the representation of processes or activities using everyday sounds. Presence is defined in this research as 'the feeling of being with others'. In this research, domestic life is simulated using the game called The Sims. Participants were asked to play the game while being able to hear auditory icons that represent another player who were playing the game in a remote place. In actuality the auditory icons is just a sound loop. A presence questionnaire given to 49 users participating in 2 research trials shows that auditory icons can easily be ignored and thus do not induce a high level of social presence, but when the auditory icons are given attention to, social presence is significantly increased. The results from the trials are also discussed from the perspective of Acoustic Communication Theory, which shows that as the auditory environment becomes saturated with sound objects, people tend to be 'distracted listeners'. At the time of writing more experiments are being done to study the effects of auditory icons on presence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2010 International Conference on User Science and Engineering, i-USEr 2010
Pages179-184
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on User Science and Engineering 2010, iUSEr 2010 - Shah Alam
Duration: 13 Dec 201015 Dec 2010

Other

Other1st International Conference on User Science and Engineering 2010, iUSEr 2010
CityShah Alam
Period13/12/1015/12/10

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Keywords

  • Auditory icons
  • Presence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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Ahmad Hanif, A. B., & Mühlberger, R. (2010). Hearing but not listening: Auditory icons and presence. In Proceedings - 2010 International Conference on User Science and Engineering, i-USEr 2010 (pp. 179-184). [5716747] https://doi.org/10.1109/IUSER.2010.5716747

Hearing but not listening : Auditory icons and presence. / Ahmad Hanif, Ahmad Baharin; Mühlberger, Ralf.

Proceedings - 2010 International Conference on User Science and Engineering, i-USEr 2010. 2010. p. 179-184 5716747.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ahmad Hanif, AB & Mühlberger, R 2010, Hearing but not listening: Auditory icons and presence. in Proceedings - 2010 International Conference on User Science and Engineering, i-USEr 2010., 5716747, pp. 179-184, 1st International Conference on User Science and Engineering 2010, iUSEr 2010, Shah Alam, 13/12/10. https://doi.org/10.1109/IUSER.2010.5716747
Ahmad Hanif AB, Mühlberger R. Hearing but not listening: Auditory icons and presence. In Proceedings - 2010 International Conference on User Science and Engineering, i-USEr 2010. 2010. p. 179-184. 5716747 https://doi.org/10.1109/IUSER.2010.5716747
Ahmad Hanif, Ahmad Baharin ; Mühlberger, Ralf. / Hearing but not listening : Auditory icons and presence. Proceedings - 2010 International Conference on User Science and Engineering, i-USEr 2010. 2010. pp. 179-184
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