Personality traits influence perception of soundscape quality
(English)In: Environment and Behavior, ISSN 0013-9165, E-ISSN 1552-390XArticle in journal (Refereed) Submitted
We are interested in how the perceived soundscape quality varies across everyday environments, and in predicting ratings using psychoacoustic descriptors and individual personality traits. Two listening experiments (n = 43, n = 42) with recordings of rural and urban parks, shops, and restaurants were conducted. Loudness, Fluctuation strength and other descriptors of soundscapes were extracted, and participant Big Five dimensions and Noise sensitivity were estimated. In Experiment 1, quality ratings depended strongly on soundscape type and weakly on traits such as Emotional stability. In Experiment 2, a multivariate regression model explained 25% of Pleasantness and 30% of Eventfulness (cross-validated adjusted R2). The contribution of personality traits reached a tenth of psychoacoustic descriptors. 36% of Noise sensitivity could be predicted by Big Five dimensions. The article discusses the results in light of personality theory. Both broad and narrow personality traits might be helpful to understand people's appraisal of sonic environments.
soundscape; environment; perception; personality; psychoacoustics
Applied Psychology Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject Art, Technology and Design
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-177111OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-177111DiVA: diva2:872046
QS 20152015-11-172015-11-142015-11-18Bibliographically approved