EMOTION AND SOUNDSCAPE PREFERENCE RATING USING SEMANTIC DIFFERENTIAL PAIRS AND THE SELF-ASSESSMENT MANIKIN

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2016, SMC 2016, Hamburg, Germany (2016) (2016)

ISBN:

978-3-00-053700-4

URL:

http://quintetnet.hfmt-hamburg.de/SMC2016/

Abstract:

This paper presents the findings of a soundscape preference rating study designed to assess the suitability of the self-assessment manikin (SAM) for measuring an individual’s subjective response to a soundscape. The use of semantic differential (SD) pairs for this purpose is a well established method, but one that can be quite time consuming and not immediately intuitive to the non-expert. The SAM is a questionnaire tool designed for the measurement of emotional response to a given stimulus. Whilst the SAM has seen some limited use in a soundscape context, it has yet to be explicitly compared to the established SD pairs methodology. This study makes use of B-format soundscape recordings, made at a range of locations including rural, suburban, and urban environments, presented to test participants over a 16-speaker surround-sound listening setup. Each recording was rated using the SAM and set of SD pairs chosen following a survey of previous studies. Results show the SAM to be a suitable method for the evaluation of soundscapes that is more intuitive and less timeconsuming than SD pairs.

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