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 Expert  729025

Expert in Human Response to Auditory Alarms and Visual Warnings, Auditory Alarm Design

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United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert is an internationally-reknowned research professor with extensive expertise and experience in the area of human responses to alarms and warnings. This includes both speech and non-speech (buzzer-type) auditory warnings and written warnings labels. She has a 25-year research career, including many publications, across these areas and has an in-depth understanding of the factors which affect how people respond to warnings and alarms. She has had a major influence in several ISO standards and other important technical documents related to alarms and warnings. Many of the alarms and warnings now seen and heard in public life have been generated either directly by Expert or by others using the evidence-based research she has carried out. She also has extensive experience of auditory alarm design in both industry and the public sector. She has designed auditory alarms for medical care, trains, aircraft and nuclear power stations. She has also advised on the design of written labels in many domains, including the medical domain.

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Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1983   PhD   Psychology   University of Warwick  
1980   BA   Psychology and Music   University of Keele  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1985 to


(Undisclosed University)




Professor of Applied Psychology


She is a research professor, carrying out a range of research projects within the warnings and alarms domain. She also teaches a range of topics on the undergraduate degree at the Expert's University

1983 to 1985


Medical Research Council


Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge


Post doctoral researcher


She was employed as a post-doctoral researcher which entailed carrying out her own programme of work

Career Accomplishments:

Member of the UK Experimental Psychology Society

Professional Appointments

Chair, Team 2 (Noise and Communication) International Congress on the Biological Effects of Noise 2003-2008 Associate Editor, Ergonomics, 1995-200 Editorial Boards: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied and Human Factors Member of various warnings standards committees

Publications and Patents Summary

She has written over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 100 conference papers and three books. Alarms designed for a wide range of customers and other work (an alarms assessment tool and sound library) for other customers

Consulting Services:
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Expert Witness:
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Market Research:
She has designed alarms for rail, aircraft, medical care and nuclear power stations. She has designed design aids for people who might need to develop alarm systems. She has done similar work for written warning labels

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

She has developed an alarms and alerts assessment tool with accompanying sound library for the UK Rail Safety and Standards Board which will be used as a tool for railway experts to develop and review alerting systems


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