Evaluation of Preview Cues to Enhance Recall of Auditory Sequential Information

Tsz Chun Marco Lau, Simon Y. W. Li, Alan L. F. Lee, Penelope M. Sanderson, Robert G. Loeb

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Abstract

In previous work, an auditory vital sign display of five patients was developed. Sounds denoting the vital signs of each patient were delivered in order, with a special sound for any patient whose vital signs were all normal. Although the display was effective, accuracy decreased as the number of abnormal patients increased. We wondered whether accuracy would improve with a preview sound indicating the number of patients with abnormal vital signs in the upcoming sequence. A 3 (preview cue type) x 4 (number of abnormal patients) mixed design was adopted. Preview cue type (between-subjects) was either time-compressed speech, an abstract sound containing white noise pulses to indicate the upcoming number of abnormal patients, or no preview cue. The number of abnormal patients (within-subjects) was zero, one, two, or three. Results showed that the preview cue did not improve non-clinician participants’ ability to identify the location in the sequence or the vital signs of patients with abnormal vital signs. Response accuracy dropped as the number of patients with abnormal vital signs increased. Although it did not hurt performance, the current preview cue did not improve performance. Adding a preview cue may improve performance, but not with the current design.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAuditory Perception & Cognition
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jun 2022

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