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A Further Experiment on Judging the Noisiness of Aircraft in Flight

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A large scale experiment with 148 subjects listening to the sounds of aircraft flying overhead is described. The validity of rating scales in this type of experiment was investigated using four psychologically matched groups of subjects in two different noise environments. The result confirmed our earlier suggestion that subjects form their judgements largely on the basis of the category names of the rating scale rather than merely to fill the range of responses provided. Judgements made both indoors and outdoors using criteria of “intrusiveness” and of “noisiness” showed that subjects were strongly influenced by their knowledge of the source of a sound and compensate to some extent for reductions of sound level caused by transmission into a building or by great distances of propagation. There was no marked difference in the appraisal of the noise from an aircraft taking off as opposed to that from one landing.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1966

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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