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Physiological and psychological responses to prolonged light floor-impact sounds generated by a tapping machine in a wooden house

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We investigated the physiological and psychological responses of nine normal men to the prolonged light floor-impact sounds of 60 dBA and 80 dBA generated by a tapping machine in a two-story wooden house. Blood pressure was measured, and a sensory evaluation was also conducted using the semantic differential method. The results obtained were as follows: (1) the increase in systolic blood pressure immediately after exposure to the light floor-impact sounds depended on the level of the sounds, (2) the variations in feelings due to the prolonged light floor-impact sounds were identified by factor analysis, and (3) the subjects showed no difference in “comfortable” feeling for the prolonged light floor-impact sounds of 60 dBA and 80 dBA, but differences in the variation of the systolic blood pressure were detected.

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Correspondence to Shuzo Sueyoshi.

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Part of this research was presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Japan Wood Research Society, Kochi, April 1997

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Sueyoshi, S., Miyazaki, Y. & Morikawa, T. Physiological and psychological responses to prolonged light floor-impact sounds generated by a tapping machine in a wooden house. J Wood Sci 50, 494–497 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10086-003-0599-6

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Key words

  • Light floor-impact sound
  • Physiological response
  • Psychological response
  • Wooden house