Multimodal Displays: Conceptual Basis, Design Guidance, and Research Needs

Nadine B. Sarter

in The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199757183
Published online May 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Multimodal Displays: Conceptual Basis, Design             Guidance, and Research Needs

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Multimodal displays have gained considerable interest over the past 15 years. By distributing information across multiple sensory channels, these interfaces can support a greater sense of immersion in virtual-reality environments. They also have the potential to overcome challenges in complex real-life workplaces, such as data overload and breakdowns in attention management. To realize this potential, designers require a firm understanding of the conceptual basis for multimodal information presentation. They need to build on empirical evidence—both at the behavioral and neuroscience level—concerning the underlying mechanisms and effectiveness of multimodal information processing. And they have to be aware of limitations of this approach to display design. The goal of this chapter is to provide a brief overview of the knowledge base and research needs in these areas. Tactile and olfactory displays will be discussed in more depth than traditionally used visual and auditory media.

Keywords: display design; multimodal displays; multimodal information processing; tactile interfaces; olfactory interfaces

Article.  6960 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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