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Educational Sound Symbols for the Visually Impaired
Indiana University, USA.
Indiana University, USA.
Indiana University, USA.
Indiana University, USA.
2009 (English)In: Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Addressing Diversity. / [ed] Stephanidis C., Springer, 2009, 106-115 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Acoustic-based computer interactivity offers great potential [1], particularly with blind and visually impaired users [2]. At Indiana University’s School of Informatics at IUPUI, we have developed an innovative educational approach relying on “audemes,” short, nonverbal sound symbols made up of 2-5 individual sounds lasting 3-7 seconds - like expanded “earcons”[3] - to encode and prompt memory. To illustrate: An audeme for “American Civil War” includes a 3-second snippet of the song Dixie partially overlapped by a snippet of Battle Hymn of the Republic, followed by battle sounds, together lasting 5 seconds. Our focus on non-verbal sound explores the mnemonic impact of metaphoric rather than literal signification. Working for a year with BVI students, we found audemes improved encoding and long-term memory of verbal educational content, even after five months, and engaged the students in stimulating ways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2009. 106-115 p.
Series
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743 ; 5614
Keyword [en]
Audeme sound acoustic interface accessibility blind and visually impaired cognition long-term memory education
National Category
Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68180DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02707-9_12ISBN: 978-3-642-02706-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68180DiVA: diva2:1146553
Conference
5th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction held at the HCI International, July 19-24, 2009, San Diego
Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-03 Last updated: 2017-10-16Bibliographically approved

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