Sonification as Concurrent Augmented Feedback for Motor Skill Learning and the Importance of Mapping Design

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In recent years, sonification of movement has emerged as a viable method for the provision of feedback in motor learning. Despite some experimental validation of its utility, controlled trials to test the usefulness of sonification in a motor learning context are still rare. As such, there are no accepted conventions for dealing with its implementation. This article addresses the question of how continuous movement information should be best presented as sound to be fed back to the learner. It is proposed that to establish effective approaches to using sonification in this context, consideration must be given to the processes that underlie motor learning, in particular the nature of the perceptual information available to the learner for performing the task at hand. Although sonification has much potential in movement performance enhancement, this potential is largely unrealised as of yet, in part due to the lack of a clear framework for sonification mapping: the relationship between movement and sound. By grounding mapping decisions in a firmer understanding of how perceptual information guides learning, and an embodied cognition stance in general, it is hoped that greater advances in use of sonification to enhance motor learning can be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-202
Number of pages11
JournalOpen Psychology Journal
Issue numberSuppl 3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2015


  • Sonification
  • Auditory Display
  • Augmented Feedback
  • Concurrent Feedback
  • Embodied Cognition
  • Mapping
  • Motor Learning


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