Steele, D., Chon, S.H. (2007) A Perceptual Study of Sound Annoyance, In: Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Interaction with Sound, p. 19 - 24, Ilmenau, Germany
Sound has been considered as a meaningful addition in contexts like websites or operating systems. Many users, however, do switch of sound elements and an the expected overwelming success of using sounds in such contexts has rather not been achieved. Sound might have been felt to be annoying or meaningless. Steele and Chon identify factors for the annoyance of sounds (such as the relationship of a stimulus's bandwidth and the perceived annoyance) and help to understand the process of perception in sonic interaction. The study can be seen as an example for further investigation of meaning, annoyance and similar factors and thus can be of use for our WG.