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Activity interference caused by traffic noise: experimental determination and modeling of the number of noticed sound events

Jonathan Terroir, Bert De Coensel UGent, Dick Botteldooren UGent and Catherine Lavandier (2013) ACTA ACUSTICA UNITED WITH ACUSTICA. 99(3). p.389-398
abstract
Activity interference is widely considered to be a central mechanism linking exposure to noise and emergence of annoyance. Salient sound events in particular may divert attention from the task at hand, thereby reducing task performance. Sound events caused by traffic noise intruding the dwelling are therefore often found to be a main cause of community noise annoyance. In this work, experimental and simulation results on activity interference caused by traffic noise are compared. On the one hand, an experiment on activity interference by traffic noise was conducted in a realistic setting resembling an at-home situation. Subjects were instructed to read, while being exposed to a combination of road and railway traffic noise. The number of train pass-by events, the distance to the railway track and the emergence of train events above the background noise was varied among subjects. After completion of the reading task, the subjects had to evaluate their perceived disturbance due to passing trains and to report how many trains they noticed in retrospective. On the other hand, a computational model of auditory attention was used to determine the number of train pass-by events that subjects would notice, solely based on the acoustic stimuli used in the perception experiment. Using an optimized stochastic function that simulates the attention spend on the reading activity of the subjects, the model was able to replicate trends found in the empirical results, and estimated the number of noticed train events quite well.
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subject
keyword
RAILWAY, HIGH-SPEED TRAINS, EXPOSURE, ANNOYANCE, ROAD, AIRCRAFT NOISES, AUDITORY ATTENTION, ACTIVITY DISTURBANCE, TRANSPORTATION NOISE, SIMULATED-ENVIRONMENT
journal title
ACTA ACUSTICA UNITED WITH ACUSTICA
Acta Acust. United Acust.
volume
99
issue
3
pages
389 - 398
publisher
S HIRZEL VERLAG
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000319647100005
JCR category
ACOUSTICS
JCR impact factor
0.679 (2013)
JCR rank
19/30 (2013)
JCR quartile
3 (2013)
ISSN
1610-1928
DOI
10.3813/AAA.918620
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
4284338
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-4284338
date created
2014-02-10 11:26:25
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2016-12-19 15:38:33
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  abstract     = {Activity interference is widely considered to be a central mechanism linking exposure to noise and emergence of annoyance. Salient sound events in particular may divert attention from the task at hand, thereby reducing task performance. Sound events caused by traffic noise intruding the dwelling are therefore often found to be a main cause of community noise annoyance. In this work, experimental and simulation results on activity interference caused by traffic noise are compared. On the one hand, an experiment on activity interference by traffic noise was conducted in a realistic setting resembling an at-home situation. Subjects were instructed to read, while being exposed to a combination of road and railway traffic noise. The number of train pass-by events, the distance to the railway track and the emergence of train events above the background noise was varied among subjects. After completion of the reading task, the subjects had to evaluate their perceived disturbance due to passing trains and to report how many trains they noticed in retrospective. On the other hand, a computational model of auditory attention was used to determine the number of train pass-by events that subjects would notice, solely based on the acoustic stimuli used in the perception experiment. Using an optimized stochastic function that simulates the attention spend on the reading activity of the subjects, the model was able to replicate trends found in the empirical results, and estimated the number of noticed train events quite well.},
  author       = {Terroir, Jonathan and De Coensel, Bert and Botteldooren, Dick and Lavandier, Catherine},
  issn         = {1610-1928},
  journal      = {ACTA ACUSTICA UNITED WITH ACUSTICA},
  keyword      = {RAILWAY,HIGH-SPEED TRAINS,EXPOSURE,ANNOYANCE,ROAD,AIRCRAFT NOISES,AUDITORY ATTENTION,ACTIVITY DISTURBANCE,TRANSPORTATION NOISE,SIMULATED-ENVIRONMENT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {389--398},
  publisher    = {S HIRZEL VERLAG},
  title        = {Activity interference caused by traffic noise: experimental determination and modeling of the number of noticed sound events},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3813/AAA.918620},
  volume       = {99},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Terroir, Jonathan, Bert De Coensel, Dick Botteldooren, and Catherine Lavandier. 2013. “Activity Interference Caused by Traffic Noise: Experimental Determination and Modeling of the Number of Noticed Sound Events.” Acta Acustica United with Acustica 99 (3): 389–398.
APA
Terroir, J., De Coensel, B., Botteldooren, D., & Lavandier, C. (2013). Activity interference caused by traffic noise: experimental determination and modeling of the number of noticed sound events. ACTA ACUSTICA UNITED WITH ACUSTICA, 99(3), 389–398.
Vancouver
1.
Terroir J, De Coensel B, Botteldooren D, Lavandier C. Activity interference caused by traffic noise: experimental determination and modeling of the number of noticed sound events. ACTA ACUSTICA UNITED WITH ACUSTICA. S HIRZEL VERLAG; 2013;99(3):389–98.
MLA
Terroir, Jonathan, Bert De Coensel, Dick Botteldooren, et al. “Activity Interference Caused by Traffic Noise: Experimental Determination and Modeling of the Number of Noticed Sound Events.” ACTA ACUSTICA UNITED WITH ACUSTICA 99.3 (2013): 389–398. Print.