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The Salience of Fire Alarm Signals for Sleeping Individuals: A Novel Approach to Signal Design

Ball, Michelle and Bruck, Dorothy (2004) The Salience of Fire Alarm Signals for Sleeping Individuals: A Novel Approach to Signal Design. In: Human behaviour in fire : public fire safety - professionals in partnership ; 3rd international symposium, September 2004, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Interscience Communications, London, pp. 303-314.

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Contrary to popular belief, the human brain remains in a very active state during sleep, and being asleep is by no means equal to an absence of conscious experience. Previous research has shown that participants can produce a behavioural response to auditory stimuli during sleep without necessarily awakening. Such responses are elicited more readily during the subjectively lighter stages of sleep compared to the subjectively deeper stages. This is illustrated when we consider that auditory arousal thresholds (AAT’s) normally progressively decline across the night, which is commensurate with the declining proportion of time spent in deep sleep as sleep progresses.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 095412166X
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Conference proceedings, Europa Hotel, Belfast, UK, 1-3 September 2004

Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID7936, behaviour, auditory arousal thresholds, AAT's, deep sleep, auditory stimuli, response time
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE)
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Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2013 05:35
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