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Physiological responses and subjective estimates of sounds: initial results of pilot study

Hume, KI, Barrett, H, Ip, A, McDonagh, T, Davies, WJ, Adams, MD, Bruce, NS, Cain, R, Jennings, P, Czanner, G, Carlyle, A, Cusack, P and Plack, C 2008, Physiological responses and subjective estimates of sounds: initial results of pilot study , in: Institute of Acoustics Spring Conference 2008, 10 - 11 April 2008, Reading, UK.

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    Abstract

    In an attempt to understand the effect of sounds on physiological measurements, along the positive (pleasant) - negative (unpleasant) subjective dimension, 51 subjects (26 male) listened to 13 sounds in clips of 8s interspersed with 16s of silence while their heart rate, respiratory rate and skin conductance were measured and they recorded the subjective pleasantness of the sound. The sounds were in three categories, natural (eg birdsong) human (eg crying) and transportation (eg aircraft take-off). There were highly significant decreases in heart rate and significant increases in respiratory rate with some gender differences in response to the sounds. Initial analysis showed no significant correlation between the physiological measures and the subjective evaluations of the pleasantness of the sounds.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics > QC221-246 Acoustics - Sound
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Proc. I. o. A.
    Refereed: Yes
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    Depositing User: Dr W. J. Davies
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 10:04
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2464

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