Moderated Re: Managing the cognitive load of listening

Gene Warner

Wow! It sounds like you spend more time putting words into dictionaries, creating voice profiles, and adjusting the settings than you do actually using JAWS. I think that maybe you are way over thinking it.

But at the end of the day, to each their own.


On 9/17/2022 3:38 PM, Soronel Haetir wrote:
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

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