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Emotion and meaning in interpretation of sound sources

Penny Bergman (Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Teknisk akustik) ; Daniel Västfjäll (Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Teknisk akustik) ; Niklas Fransson (Institutionen för energi och miljö, Installationsteknik)
7th European Conference on Noise Control 2008, EURONOISE 2008; Paris; France; 29 June 2008 through 4 July 2008 p. 3925-3929. (2008)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

Research regarding the perception of sound focuses in large on the acoustical properties of the sound. We argue that, for a more complete picture of sound perception, one must take the non-physical properties into account. By changing the emotional descriptor of a sound the perception in terms of level of annoyance will change. The present study investigates how a priming picture placing the origin of the sound to either a positive or negative environment affects the level of annoyance to same sound. 3 different sounds were used in the experiment, all based on pink noise. The participants were in the beginning of each sound exposed to a picture telling where the sound originated. The picture was either a positive environment (a picture of a waterfall) or a negative environment (a picture of a larger factory). While listening to the sounds the participants completed different performance tasks. In the end of each sound the participants rated level of annoyance to the sound. Results show that the annoyance ratings are significantly lower when primed with a positive picture. Results also indicate that for more attention demanding tasks this correlation is stronger. The findings are discussed in relation to theories of sound perception.

Nyckelord: Emoacoustics, Sound character, source meaning, emotional response, sound

Denna post skapades 2010-01-15. Senast ändrad 2016-05-04.
CPL Pubid: 107966


Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Teknisk akustik
Institutionen för energi och miljö, Installationsteknik (2005-2014)



Chalmers infrastruktur