Annoyance, perception, and physiological effects of wind turbine infrasound

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Maijala , P P , Kurki , I , Vainio , L , Pakarinen , S , Kuuramo , C , Lukander , K , Virkkala , J , Tiippana , K , Stickler , E A & Sainio , M 2021 , ' Annoyance, perception, and physiological effects of wind turbine infrasound ' , Journal of the Acoustical Society of America , vol. 149 , no. 4 , pp. 2238-2248 . https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0003509

Title: Annoyance, perception, and physiological effects of wind turbine infrasound
Author: Maijala, Panu P.; Kurki, Ilmari; Vainio, Lari; Pakarinen, Satu; Kuuramo, Crista; Lukander, Kristian; Virkkala, Jussi; Tiippana, Kaisa; Stickler, Emma A.; Sainio, Markku
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University of Helsinki, Mind and Matter
University of Helsinki, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (TTL)
University of Helsinki, Perception Action Cognition
University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Date: 2021-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
ISSN: 0001-4966
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329548
Abstract: Even though some individuals subjectively associate various symptoms with infrasound, there are very few systematic studies on the contribution of infrasound to the perception, annoyance, and physiological reactions elicited by wind turbine sound. In this study, sound samples were selected among long-term measurement data from wind power plant and residential areas, both indoors and outdoors, and used in laboratory experiments. In the experiments, the detectability and annoyance of both inaudible and audible characteristics of wind turbine noise were determined, as well as autonomic nervous system responses: heart rate, heart rate variability, and skin conductance response. The participants were divided into two groups based on whether they reported experiencing wind turbine infrasound related symptoms or not. The participants did not detect infrasonic contents of wind turbine noise. The presence of infrasound had no influence on the reported annoyance nor the measured autonomic nervous system responses. No differences were observed between the two groups. These findings suggest that the levels of infrasound in the current study did not affect perception and annoyance or autonomic nervous system responses, even though the experimental conditions corresponded acoustically to real wind power plant areas.
Subject: 515 Psychology
6162 Cognitive science
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