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Exploring Melodic Structure to Increase Heterogeneity of Auditory Alarm Sets in Medical Devices

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Michael Schutz

McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind
McMaster University

Manuscript received March 15, 2013; final manuscript received April 24, 2013; published online June 12, 2013. Editor: Arthur G. Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 7(2), 020925 (Jun 12, 2013) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-13-1090; doi: 10.1115/1.4024309 History: Received March 15, 2013; Revised April 24, 2013

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Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 1

Alarm Confusion in the Evaluation Phase for (A) Experiment 1 and (B) Experiment 2. Thicker segments around the circumference of the circle and bands spanning from segment to segment indicate higher rates of confusion.



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