A Sound Effect on People
About This Show
A Sound Effect on People is a show that explores how we're all affected by sound, or to use a technical term, by acoustics. We'll investigate how poor acoustics can be disruptive, even harmful, while good acoustics can help us learn, work productively, even heal. We'll discover that our responses to sound are both psychological and physiological. And we'll learn about how people with different personalities react in different ways to the same sounds.
A Sound Effect on People is produced by Saint-Gobain Ecophon, a manufacturer that specialises in developing and producing materials that improve room acoustics.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 6 - Sense and Space
Our concept developer from Ecophon South Africa, Lauren Kruger discusses with Dr Annemarie Lombard the research she discovered when analysing the effect of our sensory intelligence in our daily lives. The podcast allows you to have an insight into how the sensory stimuli effects the way we act within our homes, work spaces, and even relationships. The sensory stimuli consists of the visuals we see, our auditory, tactile (touch), gustatory (taste), vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (body awareness) – these senses have a large impact in the way we learn and focus. Dr. Lombard explains how she creates profiles that test our human senses, and learns what is best for each of them in order to “improve the quality of life”. Alongside this, she also discusses how behaviour and personality can contradict your sensory system; therefore we must make “small and practical changes to align your space”. One of these changes may be the acoustics, by focusing on their reaction to sound we are able to maximise people’s outcome but utilising sound within a space. Lauren discusses her view on this, highlighting how our lives are full of so much choice. We are able to choose the way which we maximise ourselves on a daily basis. For example if you have a low sensory threshold, you cannot focus in areas which are noisy, due to you getting distracted easily; therefore you may wish to work within a quiet area in the office. Whereas if you have a high threshold you feel energized from sound, so you may prefer to work in a location with a constant buzz. The research was founded in South Africa, however Dr. Lombard believes it is important for us globally to consider our senses and space. To continue the discussion, Sensory Intelligence can be found on Twitter and Facebook.