Acoustics/Sound

Sound and Cognitive Issues (10-22-20)

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.

Situation-Effective Soundscaping

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.  
 

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