FORUM: Remote testing for psychological and physiological acoustics

Z. Ellen Peng, Sebastian Waz, Emily Buss, Yi Shen, Virginia Richards, Hari Bharadwaj, G. Christopher Stecker, Jordan Beim, Adam K. Bosen, Meredith D. Braza, Anna C. Diedesch, Claire M. Dorey, Andrew R. Dykstra, Frederick J. Gallun, Raymond L. Goldsworthy, Lincoln Gray, Eric C. Hoover, Antje Ihlefeld, Thomas Koelewijn, Judy G. KopunJuraj Mesik, Daniel E. Shub, Jonathan H. Venezia

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Abstract

Acoustics research involving human participants typically takes place in specialized laboratory settings. Listening studies, for example, may present controlled sounds using calibrated transducers in sound-attenuating or anechoic chambers. In contrast, remote testing takes place outside of the laboratory in everyday settings (e.g., participants' homes). Remote testing could provide greater access to participants, larger sample sizes, and opportunities to characterize performance in typical listening environments at the cost of reduced control of environmental conditions, less precise calibration, and inconsistency in attentional state and/or response behaviors from relatively smaller sample sizes and unintuitive experimental tasks. The Acoustical Society of America Technical Committee on Psychological and Physiological Acoustics launched the Task Force on Remote Testing (https://tcppasa.org/remotetesting/) in May 2020 with goals of surveying approaches and platforms available to support remote testing and identifying challenges and considerations for prospective investigators. The results of this task force survey were made available online in the form of a set of Wiki pages and summarized in this report. This report outlines the state-of-the-art of remote testing in auditory-related research as of August 2021, which is based on the Wiki and a literature search of papers published in this area since 2020, and provides three case studies to demonstrate feasibility during practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3116-3128
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume151
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
An earlier version of this report has been presented at the 179th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. A.R.D., F.J.G., and E.C.H. benefitted from National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to F.J.G. (Grant No. R01 DC015051) to develop and validate PART, a platform for remote testing. S.W. is a volunteer at FindingFive, a web-based experiment platform featured in Fig. 1. G.C.S. is a member of Auditory Space, LLC, developers of software for virtual and remote testing. J.H.V. is an employee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the contents of this manuscript do not represent the views of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. government.

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