Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) is an refereed, free journal that archives written papers from talks given at meetings sponsored or cosponsored by the Acoustical Society of America. It is meant to provide an archival publication venue for acoustics research that may be considered too preliminary for publication in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Each article in POMA corresponds to a paper that has previously been presented at a meeting of the Society. Papers are available free as downloaded PDFs.
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Discrete and continuous auditory feedback based on pitch and spatial lateralization for human-machine-interface controlView Description Hide Description
The purpose of this study was to investigate auditory-motor learning via discrete and continuous auditory feedback using pitch and spatial lateralization. Sixteen subjects used facial surface electromyography (sEMG) to control a human-machine-interface (HMI). The output of the HMI was a lateralized harmonic tone. The fundamental frequency and lateralization (left-right ear) changed with the sum and the difference of the bilateral muscle signals. For 8 participants these changes were continuous, whereas the other 8 participants received discrete feedback, in which the frequency of the tone was one of 9 possible semitones (from midi note #76 to #87) and the lateralization was either left, center or right. Participants trained over three days. A mixed-models analysis of variance showed a significant effect of learning over sessions and a trend for increased performance for the group utilizing discrete feedback. Overall, information transfer rates using this purely auditory feedback averaged 38.5 bit/min by day 3, which is similar to results from similar systems utilizing visual feedback. These results show that with minimal training, auditory feedback can provide usable HMI control.f