Author(s): Hellier E, Edworthy J
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Abstract It is well established that warning implementation should aim to achieve urgency mapping between the perceived urgency of the warning itself and the situational urgency of the condition that it indicates. This paper describes how Stevens Power Law [Psychological Review, 64, 153 181, 1957], which quantifies the relationship between objective parameters (such as the pitch of a warning) and subjective parameters (such as perceived urgency), can be applied to the design of auditory warnings to facilitate such urgency mapping. Studies that have quantified and predicted the effects of different warning parameters on perceived urgency using an application of Stevens Power Law are reported.
This article was published in Appl Ergon
and referenced in Journal of Ergonomics