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The role of annoyance in the relation between transportation noise and children's health and cognition
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Karolinska institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2010 (English)In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 128, no 5, 2817-2828 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Onthe basis of this study it cannot be ruled outthat the appraisal of the noise affects the association betweenair and road traffic noise exposure and children's health andcognition. However, the conclusion is limited due to the relativelysmall group of annoyed children, which may have influenced ourgroup comparisons. Furthermore, the observed relation between annoyance and perceivedhealth is possibly biased due to the fact that bothwere measured within the same questionnaire. These are the mainconclusions of a cross-sectional multi-center study carried out among 2,844schoolchildren (age 9–11 years) attending 89 primary schools around threeEuropean airports. The aim was to investigate how annoyance affectsthe relation between air and road traffic noise exposure andchildren's health and cognition. Different, sometimes competing, working mechanisms ofhow noise affects children's health are suggested. Some effects aresupposed to be precipitated through (chronic) stress, while others mayarise directly. There is still no theory that can adequatelyaccount for the circumstances in which noise will affect cognitiveperformance.

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2010. Vol. 128, no 5, 2817-2828 p.
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cognition, noise pollution
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53422DOI: 10.1121/1.3483737OAI: diva2:390699
Available from: 2011-01-23 Created: 2011-01-23 Last updated: 2015-09-21Bibliographically approved

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