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Nocturnal air, road, and rail traffic noise and daytime cognitive performance and annoyance

Elmenhorst, E.-M. and Quehl, J. and Müller, U. and Basner, M. (2014) Nocturnal air, road, and rail traffic noise and daytime cognitive performance and annoyance. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135 (1), pp. 213-222. Acoustical Society of America. doi: 10.1121/1.4842475. ISSN 0001-4966.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4842475


Various studies indicate that at the same noise level and during the daytime, annoyance increases in the order of rail, road, and aircraft noise. The present study investigates if the same ranking can be found for annoyance to nocturnal exposure and next day cognitive performance. Annoyance ratings and performance change during combined noise exposure were also tested. In the laboratory 72 participants were exposed to air, road, or rail traffic noise and all combinations. The number of noise events and LAS,eq were kept constant. Each morning noise annoyance questionnaires and performance tasks were administered. Aircraft noise annoyance ranked first followed by railway and road noise. A possible explanation is the longer duration of aircraft noise events used in this study compared to road and railway noise events. In contrast to road and rail traffic, aircraft noise annoyance was higher after nights with combined exposure. Pooled noise exposure data showed small but significant impairments in reaction times (6 ms) compared to nights without noise. The noise sources did not have a differential impact on performance. Combined exposure to multiple traffic noise sources did not induce stronger impairments than a single noise source. This was reflected also in low workload ratings.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/104278/
Document Type:Article
Title:Nocturnal air, road, and rail traffic noise and daytime cognitive performance and annoyance
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Elmenhorst, E.-M.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0336-6705UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 213-222
Publisher:Acoustical Society of America
Keywords:Transportation noise, cognitive performance, annoyance, aircraft noise, road traffic noise, rail traffic noise
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human factors and safety in Aeronautics (old), V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Flight Physiology
Deposited By: Sender, Alina
Deposited On:12 May 2016 10:47
Last Modified:06 Nov 2023 15:09

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