A pilot experiment on effects of motor and cognitive activities on memories of soundscapes

Edda Bild, Matt Coler, Danièle Dubois, K. Pfeffer

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Abstract

To evaluate the potential role of activities in evaluating memories of soundscapes, we performed a pilot experiment in which respondents, engaged in combinations of two motor (walking and sitting) and two cognitive activities (counting and talking), were asked to describe the memory of their sensory experience in their university campus, in writing. In this paper we show how a psycholinguistic analysis of the resulting written corpus can offer insight into the diversity of experiences of soundscapes and how activity can influence the description of these soundscapes. We propose a replicable framework for linguistic analysis to help structure and analyze a corpus of written text with the goal of developing a method to analyze qualitative descriptions from memory of soundscapes. Soundscapes are complex objects of scientific investigation, because they can be described both along physical parameters and human ones. Research on the human parameters has focused on the experience of soundscapes at an individual level, with the perceiver in the static position of a “receiver” of acoustic stimulations and whose actions and activities were not considered to influence the intepretation of these stimulations. Given the empirical evidence acquired by soundscape researchers and the work of historians, ethnographers, sociologists and anthropologists of sound on the two-way relationship between humans and their soundscapes in urban contexts, we adopt an approach that centers how activity can influence the memory of soundscapes and how soundscapes are described in language.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuronoise 2015, the 10th European Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering
PublisherEuropean Acoustics Association
Pages1529-1533
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015
Event10th European Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, EuroNoise 2015 - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 31 May 20153 Jun 2015
Conference number: 10

Conference

Conference10th European Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, EuroNoise 2015
Abbreviated titleEuroNoinse 2015
CountryNetherlands
CityMaastricht
Period31/05/153/06/15

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