2005 (English)In: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, Vol. 117, no 4, 2591-2592 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
In order to improve the quality of the soundscape it is necessary to know its descriptive and evaluative properties, and the relationships between these properties. This was explored in a listening experiment with 100 participants (48 women, 52 men; mean age 25,6 years). Each participant scaled 5 out of 50 soundscapes with regard to 116 single verbal attributes, using a visual analogue scale of agreeableness. In addition, acoustical properties of the soundscapes were assessed. A principal component analysis identified two major evaluative components, labeled Hedonic Tone and Eventfulness. Furthermore it was found that the mere presence of common sound sources, regardless of sound level, correlated significantly with these evaluative components. Technological sounds (e.g., traffic noise) were negatively associated with both Hedonic Tone and Eventfulness, while a positive association was found between Hedonic Tone and sounds of nature (e.g., bird song), and a positive association was found between Eventfulness and human sounds (e.g., human voices). These relationships lead to the hypothesis that introduction of nature and human sounds, in combination with the reduction of technological sounds may improve the quality of soundscapes considerably.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 117, no 4, 2591-2592 p.
multidimensional scaling, soundscapes
Psychology Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21487OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-21487DiVA: diva2:188014