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Alarm signals, can a change of siren speed capture human attention?
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

An effective alarm system is a critical part of many different types of jobs. It is also important that the alarm signal can capture human attention and convey appropriate urgency. In the current study the effect of siren sounds with or without unexpected, deviant sounds represented by a change of speed (a temporal deviant) were tested to evaluate if such change could successfully capture attention. The results showed that distraction was more pronounced when the deviant within the sound was a change from fast to slow as compared with slow to fast. Therefore, an alarm signal using a temporal deviant – changing from fast to slow—can be effective in capturing human attention and might be factored into the design of alarm systems.

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2017. , p. 12
Keywords [en]
Alarm system, Irrelevant sound, Deviant, Orienting response
National Category
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26155OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-26155DiVA, id: diva2:1182910
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Environmental Psychology
Educational program
Master Programme in Environmental Psychology
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Available from: 2018-03-13 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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