Listening, corporeality and presence.

Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan and McGregor, Iain (2007) Listening, corporeality and presence. In: PRESENCE 2007: The 10th Annual International Workshop on Presence, 2007 October, Barcelona, Spain. (Unpublished)

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The use of sound to create or enhance the sense of presence is well recognized and the measurements of which have focused on hearing, e.g. “were you able to identify a particular sound?”, “how well could you localize the sounds”. To this treatment of audition we now add, listening. Listening is active, directed, intentional hearing. This aspect of the phenomenology of sound - listening - has received relatively little attention from the presence community. Focusing on listening has one further consequence - it underlines the corporeality of the listener. Listening is not merely ego-centric it is body-centric. Hearing, in contrast, is allo-centric – “The sounds appears to be coming from over there”. We suggest that an exploration of the nature of listening in virtual environments may contribute to the understanding of presence and its relation to corporeality. A classification scheme is proposed and applied to an empirical study of listening in real and simulated environments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Thanks to Fiona Carroll, now of Swansea University, for a substantial contribution to running the experiment, data collection and transcription
Uncontrolled Keywords: listening; sound; presence;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology > 158 Applied psychology
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3488
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2010 15:42
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 04:53

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