Whole-body vibration influences on sound localization in the median plane
Journal article, 2010

The present study investigates human multisensory perception of sound and vibration, highlighting its potential impact in the design of novel user interfaces, including those used in the automobile industry. Specifically, the present study investigates whether frontback sound localization could be altered by concurrent whole-body vibration. Previous research has shown that, when auditory and tactile stimuli are presented synchronously but from different positions, the perceived location of the auditory event is mislocalized of the tactile stimulus. Here, sounds were presented at the front or the back of participants, in isolation, or together with vibrations. Participants made a three-alternative forced choice regarding their perceived location of the sounds.Results indicate that front-back sound localization was affected by the presence of concurrent vibrations, which biased the localization of front sounds towards the partipants' rear space. Since the perceived location of events modulates the perceivers' understanding and involvement in these events, the possibility of manipulating the location of sound events using vibrations has a potential for the design of multisensory interfaces such as those included in automotive applications, where it is strongly needed to capture the attention of drivers, to provide navigational information, and to reduce sensory load.

audiotactile interaction

attention

warning

multisensory interfaces

automotive applications.

spatial sound

localization

vibration

driving

Author

Ana Tajadura

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Room Acoustics

Alexander Väljamäe

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Room Acoustics

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering

0954-4070 (ISSN)

Vol. 224 10 1311-1320

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics

DOI

10.1243/09544070JAUTO1600

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