Binaural Sound Reduces Reaction Time in a Virtual Reality Search Task

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Abstract

Salient features in a visual search task can direct attention and increase competency on these tasks. Simple cues, such as color change in a salient feature, called the "pop-out effect" can increase task solving efficiency [6]. Previous work has shown that nonspatial auditory signals temporally synched with a pop-out effect can improve reaction time in a visual search task, called the "pip and pop effect" [14]. This paper describes a within-group study on the effect of audiospatial attention in virtual reality given a 360-degree visual search. Three cue conditions were compared (no sound, stereo, and binaural), with rising degrees of difficulty by increasing the set size. The results (n=10) indicate a statistically significant difference in reaction time between the three conditions. Overall, in spite of the small sample size, our results seem to indicate that binaural audio renders a clear advantage to the spatial visual processing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 3rd VR Workshop on Sonic Interactions for Virtual Environments (SIVE)
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print) 978-1-5386-0460-1
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-5386-0459-5
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Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event IEEE 3rd VR Workshop on Sonic Interactions for Virtual Environments - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 19 Mar 201719 Mar 2017
http://imi.aau.dk/~sts/SIVE17/

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Conference IEEE 3rd VR Workshop on Sonic Interactions for Virtual Environments
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period19/03/201719/03/2017
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