Research project Unexpected and unwanted sounds can distract and capture the attention from an ongoing task. Have unexpected vibrations the same ability to distraction? What are the similarities and differences between the two modalities?
Human's ability to pay attention to stimuli is constantly enabled to receive information through our senses. To be able to function well surrounded by constant exposure to different stimuli requires efficient filtration of all the irrelevant information that demands attention. In some cases, it is important to avoid distraction, but sometimes the discovery of unexpected but important stimuli of the utmost importance (eg alarm in hospital) .Studies about how attention is caught by unexpected vibration signals are few. In this Project we wanted to study how unexpected vibration signals affect distraction and what similarities and differences there are in relation to sound.
The Swedish Research Council, 2013-2016: SEK 3,700,000