Influence of active listening on eye movements while viewing images of concert halls.

Minors, A. and Harvey, C., 2015. Influence of active listening on eye movements while viewing images of concert halls. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 25 (3), 345 -354.

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DOI: 10.1037/pmu0000108

Abstract

Concert hall design is at a crossroads between its origins of unamplified orchestral music and singing, and the forces of popular music, which depend mostly on amplified sound and multimedia accompaniment. Concurrently there has been a revolution in the way that the buildings are initiated and designed. Computer modelling techniques enable architects to conceive iconic building exteriors and acoustic engineers and performance consultants to shape building interiors to provide a rich sound experience. Despite the fact that a concert is a multisensory experience, little is known about how the visual aspects of the building interiors may impact the acoustical experience. This paper examines how the process of active listening influences where people look within a photograph of a concert hall interior. Using eye tracking equipment and images of concert halls while actively listening to sound tracks, the extent of the eye movement was recorded when looking only; listening only and looking and listening. This revealed significantly smaller standard deviations of eye movement width in the horizontal plane when looking at images of concert halls while listening to music as compared to looking at the images alone.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:multimodal perception; visual perception; aural perception; concert hall; theatre; opera; eye tracking; active listening
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:27387
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:06 Mar 2017 12:03
Last Modified:06 Mar 2017 12:03

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