Sonification and music as support to the communication of alcohol-related health risks to young people

Bartlomiej P. Walus, Sandra Pauletto, Amanda Mason-Jones
2016 Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces  
Article: Walus, Bartlomiej Piotr, Pauletto, Sandra orcid.org/0000-0002-9404-851X and Mason-Jones, Amanda Jayne orcid.org/0000-0002-4292-3183 (2016) Sonification and Music as Support to the Communication of Alcohol-Related Health Risks to Young People : Study design and results. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces. Abstract Excessive consumption of alcohol has been recognised as a significant risk factor impacting the health of young people. Effective communication of such risk is considered
more » ... be one key step to improve behaviour. We evaluated an innovative multimedia intervention that utilised audio (sonification-using sound to display data-and music) and interactivity to support the visual communication of alcohol health risk data. A 3-arm pilot experiment was undertaken. The trial measures included health knowledge, alcohol risk perception and user experience of the intervention. Ninetysix subjects participated in the experiment. At 1 month follow-up, alcohol knowledge and alcohol risk perception improved significantly in the whole sample. However, there was no difference between the intervention groups that experienced (1) visual presentation with interactivity (VI-Exp group) and, (2) visual presentation with audio (sonification and music) and interactivity (VAI-Exp group), when compared to the control group which experienced a (3) visual only presentation (V-Cont group). Participants reported enjoying the presentations and found them educational. The majority of participants indicated that the audio, music and sonification helped to convey the information well, and, although a larger sample size is needed to fully establish the effectiveness of the different interventions, this study provides a useful model for future similar studies. Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (
doi:10.1007/s12193-016-0220-0 fatcat:kittmuwrifaarg6fkelwwblfni