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Experimental investigation of noise annoyance caused by high-speed trains.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2005 (English)In: ICSV 2005–Twelfth International Congress on Sound and Vibration: Paper 846, IIAV/CAPS-IST, Lissabon , 2005Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The difference in perceived noise annoyance caused by train and highway noise at the same averaged noise level, has led to the introduction of the ’railway bonus’. This bonus has found its way to the noise legislation in many countries, leading to more relaxed restrictions on time averaged noise levels, LAeq. With the introduction of high-speed trains and train-like transportation systems based on magnetic levitation, the question has risen whether the railway bonus can still be applied. The paper reports on an experiment that was conducted to answer this question. The experiment that was performed was different from previous efforts in many ways. Most importantly, the experiment was conducted in a realistic setting, a holiday cottage, and participants were asked to engage in light daily activities such as reading a magazine during the tests. Traffic noise was reproduced in an ecologically valid way, using outdoor loudspeakers. Every ten minutes the participants were asked to judge noise annoyance. At the beginning of the experiment and after about 1.5 hours the participants were also asked to rate a set of 7 master scaling sounds. After this experiment, a more conventional listening test was conducted using 45-s excerpts. The experiment was also unique in the way that 100 participants were selected to be representative for the Dutch population. The selection procedure involved careful screening based on a survey that was administered at the doorstep of 1500 persons’ homes.

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IIAV/CAPS-IST, Lissabon , 2005.
Keyword [en]
train noise, annoyance, master scaling
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Psychology Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13565OAI: diva2:180085
Available on CDAvailable from: 2008-04-11 Created: 2008-04-11Bibliographically approved

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