The indoor sound environment and human task performance
A substantial amount of studies have addressed the inﬂuence of sound on human performance. In many of these, however, the large acoustic differences between experimental conditions prevent a direct translation of the results to realistic effects of room acoustic interventions. This review identiﬁes those studies which can be, in principle, translated to (changes in) room acoustic parameters and adds to the knowledge about the inﬂuence of the indoor sound environment on people. The review procedure is based on the effect room acoustics can have on the relevant quantiﬁers of the sound environment in a room or space. 272 papers containing empirical ﬁndings on the inﬂuence of sound or noise on some measure of human performance were found. Of these, only 12 papers complied with this review's criteria. A conceptual framework is suggested based on the analysis of results, positioning the role of room acoustics in the inﬂuence of sound on task performance. Furthermore, valuable insights are pre- sented that can be used in future studies on this topic. Whi le the inﬂuence of the sound environment on performance is clearly an issue in many situations, evidence regarding the effectiveness of strategies to control the sound environment by room acoustic design is lacking and should be a focus area in future studies.
|Published in||Building and Environment|
|Key words||geluid, akoestiek, gedragsbeïnvloeding|