Moderated Re: Managing the cognitive load of listening

Adrian Spratt

Soronel, I'm guessing Mark was exhibiting a little humor when he closed with control key. As you know, that's the key that shuts JAWS up!

Mark, I think you raise an interesting subject. It's clear you're an experienced JAWS user, and so what I think you're proposing is that people describe how they avoid listener fatigue, or what you call cognitive fatigue due to listening. In addition to the suggestions you and Soronel discuss, ones that come right away to my mind include:

navigation commands to navigate webpages
Placemarkers that minimize searching around familiar webpages
Quick keys with insert-z in formatted Word documents to move from heading to heading
Links lists with insert-F7 both to find desired links quickly and to maximize the likelihood that the links will work
First-letter navigation in lists
Insert-F4 followed by enter. (This is my little joke. It truly shuts up JAWS!)

Note: Read "JAWS key" when I write "insert."

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Soronel Haetir
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2022 3:38 PM
Subject: Re: Managing the cognitive load of listening

I have verbosity set to intermediate but the main thing I do is dictionaries. My default dictionary has close to the 500 entry limit and I have a couple per-application dictionaries that are also close to the limit. I do have three profiles, two using eloquence, one with no punctuation that I use for normal windows interaction (desktop, file explorer, etc) and one set to all punctuation that I use for computer programming. For text-heavy things like web browsing and reading books I use a vocalizer expressive profile set to 'some'.

I don't have other audio going often enough for ducking to be much of a use to me. And I find it far more burdensom to try splitting audio left-right. There are rare times that I set something to play though my laptop's built-in speakers rather than my usual headphones.

Not sure what you were asking about with "control key".

On 9/17/22, Mark <mweiler@...> wrote:
What are some of the ways people manage the cognitive load that comes
from listening to JAWS? Any advice from the pros or long-time users?
Here are a few that come to mind:
Change verbosity levels, obviously
Assign different voices to different speech contexts Use the
dictionary to simplify frequent phrases what JAWS is saying Customize
speech and sound schemes Switch between speech and sound schemes
Replacing words or phrases with soft, low sounds, if possible.
Turn of tutor messages
Audio ducking
Split JAWS and system sounds between left and right ears Control key

Soronel Haetir

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