Modulating movement with sound: comparing a target step trained by sound or vision

Philip Jepson, Adar Pelah

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We experimented with acoustic feedback designs to explore intuitive mappings used to guide stepping movements of walking in healthy subjects. The accuracy with which subjects reproduced a target movement based on alternative pre-programmed movement to sound mappings was compared. The most effective mapping produced a mean percentage error in either step distance or duration of approximately 12%. In additional experiments, we measured the relative accuracy of such movements based on visual feedback as compared to auditory feedback. Mean percentage errors (±std) in visual and auditory feedback cues were: Vision 11.5 ± 7.0; Audition 12.9± 11.8. Results indicate that, when played to their respective sensory strengths, visual and auditory feedback can be comparably effective in entraining for stepping movements.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Sonification, locomotion, Stromohab,

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