Positive effects of sound feedback during the operation of a plant simulator

  • Matthias Rauterberg
  • Erich Styger
Empirical Studies, Applications
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 876)


An experiment was carried out to estimate the effect of sound feedback on the work of a plant operator. Eight students of computer science operated a process simulation program of an assembly line with computer numeric controlled (CNC) robots. Relevant information of disturbances and machine breakdowns was given only in a visual (test condition 1), and in visual and audible form (test condition 2). The results indicate, that the additional sound feedback improves significantly the operator performance and increases positively some mood aspects.


Audible feedback non speech sound generation human — computer interaction visual strain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Rauterberg
    • 1
  • Erich Styger
    • 1
  1. 1.Usability Laboratory, Work and Organisational Psychology UnitSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)ZURICH

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