Electroencephalogram (EEG) responses to indoor sound sources in wooden residential buildings


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The present study aimed to explore relationships between physiological and subjective responses to indoor sounds. Specifically, The electroencephalograms (EEG) responses to neighbour sounds in wooden dwellings were investigated. Listening tests were performed to collect EEG data in distinct acoustics scenarios. Experimental work was carried out in a laboratory with a low background noise level. A series of impact and airborne sounds were presented through loudspeakers and subwoofer, while participants sat comfortably in the simulated living room wearing the EEG headset (B-alert X24 system). The impact sound sources were an adult walking and a child running recorded in a laboratory equipped with different floor configurations. Two airborne sounds (a live conversation and a piece of classical piano music) were digitally filtered to resemble good and poor sound insulation performances of vertical partitions. The experiment consisted of two sessions, namely, the evaluation of individual sounds and the evaluation of the combined noise sources. In the second session, pairs of an impact and an airborne sound were presented. During the listening test, electroencephalography alpha reactivity (?-EEG) and electroencephalography beta reactivity (?-EEG) were monitored. In addition, participants were asked to rate noise annoyance using an 11-point scale.