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Perception of soundscapes: An interdisciplinary approach

Davies, WJ, Adams, MD, Bruce, NS, Cain, R, Carlyle, A, Cusack, P, Hall, DA, Hume, KI, Irwin, A, Jennings, P, Marselle, M, Plack, CJ and Poxon, J 2013, 'Perception of soundscapes: An interdisciplinary approach' , Applied Acoustics, 74 (2) , pp. 224-231.

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This paper takes an overall view of findings from the Positive Soundscape Project, a large inter-disciplinary soundscapes study. Qualitative fieldwork (soundwalks and focus groups) have found that soundscape per- ception is influenced by cognitive effects such as the meaning of a soundscape and itscomponents, andhow information is conveyed by a soundscape, for example on the behaviour of people within the soundscape. Three significant clusters were found in the language people use to describe soundscapes: sound sources, sound descriptors and soundscape descriptors. Results from listening tests and soundwalks have been inte- grated to show that the two principal dimensions of soundscape emotional response seem to be calmness and vibrancy. Further, vibrancy seems to have two aspects: organisation of sounds and changes over time. The possible application of the results to soundscape assessment and design are briefly discussed.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Acoustics
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0003-682X
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: MD Adams
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 17:04
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 17:04

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