chalker wrote:My biggest concern is whether it's going to cause more confusion amongst participants as to what constitutes the start and stop of the interval, since there are more beeps of different types to listen for. Anyone have any thoughts regarding that?
Sorry for the relatively late response, but I found that the warning beeps before the end made it more difficult, especially since I've been practicing with the sound files provided on soinc.org. At Yale, I stopped counting early for the first two trials when I heard the first warning beep (side note: I'm using a pendulum). Even though the event supervisor played a sample file beforehand and made it extremely clear that the file was not the "official" one provided by soinc.org, it was still fairly difficult for me to adjust to the different format. I think that having to adjust to different sound file formats probably costs more points than those lost due to a "slow" reaction time, especially considering that the first few trials have greater point deductions for inaccuracies and that the reaction time "problem" is shared by all teams.