February 25, 2019; tb

In a recent study, Lewis Chuang and Christiane Glatz tested different warning sounds at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. The Transregio scientists found out that certain sounds redirected our attention away from an ongoing task better than others. Specifically, looming sounds, which are suggestive of approaching objects, redirected human attention away from an ongoing task as long as they were presented. In contrast, alarms with unchanging intensities steadily lost their attraction with time.

The insights of these SFB-TRR 161 scientists, are reported in the article The time course of auditory looming cues in redirecting visuo-spatial attention in Scientific Reports.

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