Are perceived soundscapes within urban parks restorative?
Payne, Sarah R.. (2008) Are perceived soundscapes within urban parks restorative? The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol.123 (No.5). p. 3809. ISSN 0001-4966Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.2935525
The perceived quality of urban park soundscapes is starting to be explored, and attention restoration research has shown which environments are generally restorative. Yet the effect of perceived soundscapes on individuals' restorative experiences is hardly known. Natural environments, in general, provide restoration for people, including recovery from attentional fatigue and enabling reflection. Therefore the visually “natural” environment of urban parks provides a useful setting to explore the role of varying soundscapes in restoration. Four hundred park users within Sheffield, UK, were surveyed as they left two urban parks. Data were collected on aspects of their park visit, along with measures of their current perceived restoration. Participants' perceived soundscapes were described by the amount of time they heard certain sound types in the park, and the volume at which they heard them. Sound levels [LAeq, dB(A)] within the parks were also monitored on a number of days to provide contextual information. Results of the study will be discussed along with the importance of soundscape quality and individuals' restorative experiences in helping to provide a productive and positive quality of urban life.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > WMG (Formerly the Warwick Manufacturing Group)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America|
|Publisher:||Acoustical Society of America|
|Number of Pages:||1|
|Page Range:||p. 3809|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||This item was also presented at Acoustics '08, Paris, France, Jun 29 - Jul 4, 2008.|
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