Journal article

Effect of Distinct Ambient Noise Types on Mobile Interaction

Z Sarsenbayeva, N van Berkel, E Velloso, V Kostakos, J Goncalves

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) | ACM Press | Published : 2018


The adverse effect of ambient noise on humans has been extensively studied in fields like cognitive science, indicating a significant impact on cognitive performance, behaviour, and emotional state. Surprisingly, the effect of ambient noise has not been studied in the context of mobile interaction. As smartphones are ubiquitous by design, smartphone users are exposed to a wide variety of ambient noises while interacting with their devices. In this paper, we present a structured analysis of the effect of six distinct ambient noise types on typical smartphone usage tasks. The evaluated ambient noise types include variants of music, urban noise and speech. We analyse task completion time and er..

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