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Measuring audience response on-line : an evaluation of the portable audience response facility (pARF)

Stevens, Catherine, Vincs, Kim and Schubert, Emery 2009, Measuring audience response on-line : an evaluation of the portable audience response facility (pARF), in ICoMCS2 2009 : Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Music Communication Science, ICoMCS, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 100-103.

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Title Measuring audience response on-line : an evaluation of the portable audience response facility (pARF)
Author(s) Stevens, Catherine
Vincs, Kim
Schubert, Emery
Conference name International Conference on Music Communication Science (2009 : Sydney, New South Wales)
Conference location Sydney, New South Wales
Conference dates 3-4 December, 2009
Title of proceedings ICoMCS2 2009 : Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Music Communication Science
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series International Conference on Music Communication Science
Start page 100
End page 103
Total pages 4
Publisher ICoMCS
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Summary If it is the case that artists and art explore organization of the brain (Zeki & Lamb, 1994), then the investigation of response to artistic performance holds promise as a window to perceptual and cognitive processes. The portable Audience Response Facility (pARF) is an instrument for recording real‐time audience response (Stevens et al. 2009). Twenty, handheld, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) collect responses on customizable skin interfaces. The pARF server transmits the customizable options, synchronizes devices and collects data for export. In this paper we report ratings of the usability of the pARF that were collected after 37 participants had used it to continuously rate engagement along a single dimension while a female dance artist gave two performances of a short solo contemporary dance work. The motion of the dancer was also captured as she performed the piece but only usability rating data are reported here. Ratings indicate that the cognitive load imposed by continuously rating engagement while watching a dance performance was manageable and the pARF was easy to use. An extended familiarization phase may further reduce dual task demand.
ISBN 9781741082036
Language eng
Field of Research 190403 Dance
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, ICoMCS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021434

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