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Bachelor and Master Theses
Inattentive Auditory Stimulation [VERSTECKT]
Masterarbeit vom 13. December 2013; vergeben

Problem definition, Approach:

  • In this thesis, the influence of not attentively perceived auditory information on driving performance should be investigated (as it is known, for example, that engine sound and ambient noise reflect driving speed
  • Experimental setting (user study): "Audio speedometer"
    • simulated driving, route with speed limits; drive to the limit as good as possible (withoud exceeding it=fine)
      > experimental series:
      1) regular (speedometer in dashboard), without sound
      2) regular (speedometer in dashboard), motor/ambient noice gives a further indication on driving speed (cabrio     driving: add artificially generated wind?)
      3) hidden speedometer in the dashboard; without sound
      4) hidden speedometer in the dashboard; only motor/ambient noice gives indication on driving speed
    • add dual task experiment to cases 1) to 4)
    • add loud music to drown engine/ambient noise (cases 1) to 4))
      • kind of music: like, dislike

Expected outcome:

  • Varying accuracy depending on the information available to the driver
    • best match (lowest variance) for speedometer + audio
    • worst match for hidden speedometer + no audio
    • interesting: engine/ambient audio only // engine/ambient with overlaid music // repetition with dual task (DT) condition


  • Interest in software/prototype development (Java, C/C++/C#)
  • Experimentation (user studies)
  • Good command of English (understanding of related work; Thesis is preferred written in English)
  • Typesetting using LaTeX (--> Miktex, TeXnicCenter) + BibTeX (-->Jabref)

Time schedule:

  • Start: flexible, as of now
  • Estimated completion date: within 12 months

Further information:


[ISO26022] Road vehicles. Ergonomic aspects of transport information and control systems. Simulated lane change test to assess in-vehicle secondary task demand (2010). British Standards Institution, ISO 26022.
[Dobson2009] Handbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, Third Edition (Hardcover), Keith S. Dobson PhD (Editor), The Guilford Press; Third edition (November 12, 2009), 481 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1606234372. 
[Keetels2011] Mirjam Keetels and Jean Vroomen. Sound affects the speed of visual processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Vol 37(3), Jun 2011, 699-708. doi: 10.1037/a0020564
more literature (PDFs) provided on request

Keywords: Driving, dual task, auditory information, distraction, sensory channels, stimulation