Accession Number:

ADA200125

Title:

A Strategy for Understanding Noise-Induced Annoyance

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jan-29 Sep 1987

Corporate Author:

BBN LABS INC CANOGA PARK CA

Report Date:

1988-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

122.0

Abstract:

This report provides a rationale for development of a systematic approach to understanding noise-induced annoyance. Two quantitative models are developed to explain 1 the prevalence of annoyance due to residential exposure to community noise sources and 2 the intrusiveness of individual noise events. Both models deal explicitly with the probabilistic nature of annoyance, and assign clear roles to acoustic and nonacoustic determinants of annoyance. The former model provides a theoretical foundation for empirical dosage-effect relationships between noise exposure and community response, while the latter model differentiates between the direct and immediate annoyance of noise intrusions and response bias factors that influence the reporting of annoyance. The assumptions of both models are identified, and the nature of the experimentation necessary to test hypotheses derived from the models is described. Keywords Psychoacoustics Background noise intrusion, Mathematical prediction, Decision theory Aircraft noise Community response.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Noise Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE