Accession Number:

ADA002266

Title:

Behavioral, Automatic, and Subjective Reactions to Low- and Moderate- Level Simulated Sonic Booms: A Report of Two Experiments and a General Evaluation of Sonic Boom Startle Effects

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Report Date:

1974-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

Two separate studies are reported. The first attempted to determine a sonic boom exposure level below which startle reactions would not occur. Subjects were exposed indoors to six simulated sonic booms having various outside overpressures. In the second study, subjects were exposed indoors to a series of 12 simulated booms in order to assess habitual effects. Automatic and eyeblink responses, as well as ratings of subjective annoyance, were obtained in both studies. The final section of the report summarizes the expected behavioral, autonomic, and subjective effects of exposure to various levels of sonic booms.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Acoustics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE