Child-appropriate experiment on auditory selective attention in a virtual acoustic environment
* Präsentierender Autor
Zusammenfassung:Auditory selective attention enables the extraction of relevant sound sources from distracting sounds or background noise. In the context of primary and preschool life, children are typically exposed to noisy and complex acoustic scenes. To ensure a proper development of children’s communicative and cognitive skills, their perception of the acoustic environments need to be addressed and understood. Hence, it is important to understand to what extent children’s auditory selective attention is developed and affected under the influence of noise or disturbing acoustic features. This work introduces a child-appropriate paradigm on auditory selective attention, in which the categorization task was subsequently extended from a “two choices task” to a “four choices task”. This extension provides both more information on the inhibition of irrelevant information and the possibility to include room acoustic effects. This work presents the paradigm and an implementation in a virtual acoustic environment to show its practical feasibility. Then, the results of a pilot-study are presented and discussed.