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Towards supportive residential soundscapes, indoors and outdoors: Abstract S54.1
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: Abstract Guide of the 26th International Congress in Applied Psychology., 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Health-supportive soundscapes can best be accomplished if noise pollution is abated in harmony with creative city planning. In order to design better soundscapes in residential areas, outdoors and indoors, we have to know what sounds are discerned and what kinds of soundscapes are adverse (e.g., disturbance) or positive (e.g., tranquillity). Today regulation is limited to energetic time-averages for specific traffic (road, rail & air) and industrial noise. No information is conveyed on sound components, on structure of their composite, or the acoustic soundscape. Also the WHO health-based guideline values are grounded in longterm equivalent continuous sound levels. Such averages, based on the amount of traffic and short-term sound-levels, allow for worst-noise component approximations, but do not characterize the soundscape per se. Alternatively, a strategy is here proposed which aims at delivering prognostic design tools for perceived soundscapes. Recent research results will be presented from our residential soundscape database. It includes a dualistic soundscape similarity approach for differentiating various perceptual and acoustic qualitative aspects of soundscapes as well as a diagnostic system for soundscape certification, which builds on a neural network classifier. Both tools may be used in soundscape design and mitigation psychophysics.

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soundscape, neural network classifier
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Psychology Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21282OAI: diva2:187808
Available from: 2007-12-07 Created: 2007-12-07Bibliographically approved

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