Comparison of subjective impression of copy machine noise between Japanese, American and German participants

Tatsuya Furukawa, Osamu Takehira, Masaki Nagamiya, Sonoko Kuwano, Seiichoro Namba, Hugo Fastl
2008 Journal of the Acoustical Society of America  
Acoustics 08 Paris disturbing the office environment. Psychological experiments were made for Japanese, American and German participants to examine cultural differences in sensitivity to copy machine noise using the Semantic Differential. The experiments revealed that, just as with Japanese, Americans and Germans were mostly sensitive to "sound pressure levels." However, the second influential factor for Japanese participants was "roughness" but "sharpness" for Americans and Germans. Evaluation
more » ... Germans. Evaluation formulas for "pleasing" noise using physical values were decided for each country. This suggests that copy machine noise will be evaluated without psychological experiments. The information gathered will possibly be used to adapt copy machine noise to levels that are comfortable to users in different countries.
doi:10.1121/1.2933199 fatcat:7vome4n2ljbw7irqeehajzmu2i