Florence Renaud, Ingrid Verduyckt, Tiffany Chang, Adriana Lacerda, Cecilia Borges, Annelies Bockstael, Rachel E. Bouserhal

Student’s Self-Reported Experience of Soundscape: The Link between Noise, Psychological and Physical Well-Being

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Extensive research has shown that noise has detrimental effects on learning in classrooms, yet schools remain noisy environments. In addition, little is known about the students’ insight into their subjective reaction to noise. Students’ awareness of noise, as well as their perception of its effects on their affective and bodily states, remain unanswered. In the current study, the self-reported experience of noise and reaction towards noise, which was collected by way of a questionnaire, was assessed for 408 students in primary and secondary schools in Québec. Results suggest that about half of the students experience affective and bodily reactions to noise, and students who report having a negative affective reaction to noise are also more prone to report feeling this noise in their bodies. The results of this study offer a comprehensive picture of the students’ subjective (affective and bodily) state in relation to noise in schools.

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