Auditory weather reports: demonstrating listener comprehension of five concurrent variables

  title={Auditory weather reports: demonstrating listener comprehension of five concurrent variables},
  author={Jonathan H. Schuett and Riley J. Winton and Jared M. Batterman and Bruce N. Walker},
  booktitle={Audio Mostly Conference},
Displaying multiple variables or data sets within a single sonification has been identified as a challenge for the field of auditory display research. We discuss our recent study that evaluates the usability of a sonification that contains multiple variables presented in a way that encouraged perception across multiple auditory streams. We measured listener comprehension of weather sonifications that include the variables of temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and cloud cover… 

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