Audio description is a discipline within Translation Studies aimed at making audio visual products and events accessible to blind and visually impaired audiences. Works of art, TV programs, films and stage arts are audio described in order to guarantee that anyone, regardless of his/her visual capacity, can enjoy them. In the case of films, it consists of a verbal description of visual details such as settings and characters (what they look like, what they do and how they do it) provided to the audience in those parts of the movie where no relevant sounds or dialogues are heard.
The nature of audio description, in which all the information is presented auditorily and at the fast pace usually imposed by films, might pose some challenges on users’ memory. This paper is an attempt to explore this issue empirically by focusing on audio described characters. It presents a reception study designed to explore how the amount of information included in the audio description of characters and its presentation have an effect on users’ recall. Results showed that limiting the information in the descriptions and dividing it into short units delivered at different stages of the AD favored users’ memory
Fresno, Nazaret, et al. “Less Is More. Effects of the Amount of Information and Its Presentation in the Recall and Reception of Audio Described Characters.” International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research (IJSBAR), vol. 14, July 2014, pp. 169–96.
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