Psychophysiological approaches to sound and music in games

Williams, DAH ORCID: 2021, 'Psychophysiological approaches to sound and music in games' , in: The Cambridge Companion to Video Game Music , Cambridge University Press, pp. 302-318.

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Psychological research investigating sound and music has increasingly been adapted to the evaluation of soundtracking for games, and is now being considered in the development and design stages of some titles. This chapter summarizes the main findings of this body of knowledge. It also describes the application of emotional measurement techniques and player responses using biophysiological metering and analysis. The distinction between different types of psychophysiological responses to sound and music are explored, with the advantages and limitations of such techniques considered. The distinction between musically induced and perceived emotional response is of particular relevance to future game design, and the use of biophysiological metering presents a unique opportunity to create fast, continuous control signals for gaming and game sound to maximize player experiences. The world of game soundtracking also presents a unique opportunity to explore sound and music evaluation in ways which traditional musicology might not offer (for example, deliberately antagonistic music, non-linear sound design and so on). The chapter concludes with directions for future research based on the paradigm of biofeedback and bio-controlled game audio.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Fritsch, M and Summers, T
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108670289 (online); 9781108473026 (hardback); 9781108460897 (paperback)
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Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2021 11:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:52

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