Preliminary Experiment with the Influence of Sound Distraction on a Vigilance Test

Conference paper
Part of the IFMBE Proceedings book series (IFMBE, volume 43)


This paper presents a preliminary experiment with the influence of sound distraction on a vigilance test planned for rehabilitation of hemispatial neglect.

The experiment included five similar but not identical vigilance tasks that were performed on a laptop computer by 10 healthy, right-handed participants. Participants responded to the tasks by clicking the mouse. During the task performance they were wearing headphones over which four different sounds were played, whereas the fifth task acted as a control task without an audio track.

A drilling sound improved performance whereas a conversation impaired performance in the vigilance task. The preliminary data can direct the development of the vigilance task.


Stroke rehabilitation audio distraction vigilance test 


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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Factory/Department of ElectronicsAalto UniversityEspooFinland
  2. 2.ORTON FoundationORTON Rehabilitation LtdHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyHelsinki University Central HospitalHelsinkiFinland

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