A part of a thesis, I need to design a couple auditory notifications in a car. Something along the lines of "check tire pressure", which isn't a warning. I have written down some relatively vague guidelines on how to design a notification from few books and by analyzing existing ones for comparison. I can dissect them and for example say "I think the short melody should be in major key", but there's almost no literature on that. You can find a lot more on actual warnings.

Where can I find studies and maybe usability tests specifically on notifications? Thanks

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    Google Scholar search for "notification sound" might yield some useful results. scholar.google.com/… Commented May 4, 2020 at 9:35
  • Ah yes I completely forgot about this website. That's helpful
    – avroom
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 10:06

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Please check out the talk Designing Sound from Apple's developer conference WWDC 2019. A couple of minutes in, the speaker talks about notifications, including notifications that express success.

The talk is not an academic study of course but it is a nice summary of how Apple thinks about using sounds so I think you could use it as a source that brings a lot of weight.

Good luck!


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    Very nice! Not 100% what i've been looking for but helpful nonetheless. I'm not sure how I can cite this in my thesis but I'll figure that out.
    – avroom
    Commented May 3, 2020 at 19:38

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