Weuve and teammates studied links between noise levels experienced at home and cognitive issues. The researchers report that “Participants of the Chicago Health and Aging Project (≥65 years) underwent triennial [every 3 years] cognitive assessments. For the 5 years preceding each assessment, we estimated 5227 participants’ residential level of noise from the community using a spatial prediction model, and estimated associations of noise level with prevalent mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and AD [Alzheimer’s disease], cognitive performance, and rate of cognitive decline.
Alamir and Hansen evaluated how experiencing particular sorts of sounds influences our response to food served.
Cox and colleagues’ work sheds new light on Stonehenge’s design and indicates the power of acoustic experiences.
Developing the acoustical power of spaces
Cai and associates investigated links between hearing road noise and obesity; their findings indicate the value of carefully managing the soundscapes in buildings near roads.
Research completed by Zhou, Wu, Meng, and Kang indicates that the acoustics in hospitals have a significant effect on stress experienced by patients.
Kolarik and colleagues investigated how perceptions of distances are influenced by impaired vision; their findings are particularly useful for the development of spaces that people with compromised vision are likely to use.
Wherever we are and whatever we’re doing, most of us are pulling acoustical information into our brains via our ears. Neuroscience research makes it clear that our responses to what we hear are not only complex and sometimes unexpected but also have important effects on our physical and psychological wellbeing, cognitive performance, and emotional state.
Weir reports on the findings of numerous studies that have established the psychological value of nature-based experiences.
Researchers have determined that what we hear influences our balance.