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Loudness asymmetry ratings between accelerating and decelerating car sounds

Patrick Susini 1, 2 Stephen Mcadams 1, 2
1 Equipe Perception et design sonores
STMS - Sciences et Technologies de la Musique et du Son
2 Equipe Perception et cognition musicales
STMS - Sciences et Technologies de la Musique et du Son
Résumé : Loudness change has been studied for tones with linearly varying levels revealing an asymmetry depending on the direction of change (increasing vs. decreasing) and the range of levels (high vs. low). Different assumptions were proposed to explain this asymmetry in favour of linearly increasing sounds. Teghtsoonian et al. (2005) and, more recently, Susini et al. (2006) explain that loudness of an increasing sound is influenced by the end level. Neuhoff (1999) describes this result by a survival advantage for detecting an approaching sound source. Whatever the assumption is, the results show that loudness judgments for abstract sounds (1000-Hz tones) synthetic vowel sounds were judged as significantly higher for increasing ramps. Those results are compared here with continuous and global ratings obtained on everyday life sounds such as accelerating and decelerating car sounds with a same duration (43 s), but with different temporal functions and range of levels. Overall, loudness judgments are significantly higher for accelerating car sounds than decelerating ones, but are judged on average similar considering continuous judgments. In addition, an increase in the speed (acceleration) is evaluated primarily in terms of its level at the end. These results confirms the previous studies mentioned.
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Patrick Susini, Stephen Mcadams. Loudness asymmetry ratings between accelerating and decelerating car sounds. Invited paper for ASA/SFA Special Session on Loudness, Acustics'08, 2008, NA, France. ⟨hal-01106293⟩



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