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Synaesthesia Sound Design in Virtual Reality

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ArtsIT, Interactivity and Game Creation (ArtsIT 2022)


To improve the authenticity of objects in virtual reality, this study explores the sound of ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response) to link the common senses and enhance the authenticity of virtual objects. The synesthesia associated with visual and auditory triggers ASMR leads to the haptic connection. This study created a synesthesia scene set up with two sound designs: the ASMR and general stereo sound. The pre-and post-measurement experiment of one group was applied in this research. The ITQ immersion experience as a measurement tool to test 53 junior college students. They filled out a questionnaire immediately after experiencing the virtual reality scene. The authors used SPSS as a statistical tool to compare the differences between the two sound configuration versions according to the paired sample t-test. The results showed that there is no significant difference between the two versions of sound effects in virtual cognition, sensory linkage, virtual reality, and self-exploration. The positive immersive experience was slightly better in ASMR sound effects than in general stereo sound placed in virtual reality.

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Chung, SM., Chen, ZY., Wu, CT. (2023). Synaesthesia Sound Design in Virtual Reality. In: Brooks, A.L. (eds) ArtsIT, Interactivity and Game Creation. ArtsIT 2022. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol 479. Springer, Cham.

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