In our everyday life, sound often elicits emotional reactions in the listener. People can be startled by the sudden sound of a door slamming or a thunder in a storm, annoyed by the noise of cars in the street, pleased by the sound of a water stream in the forest, or tired after a full day of work in a noisy environment.
Emoacoustics (emotional acoustics) deals with the relationship between sounds characteristics, the individual, and the situation with a focus on the induced emotional reactions.
Understanding the role of sound in evoking human affective responses might improve our quality of life by helping to design objects, spaces and media applications which are emotionally optimized. Understanding emotional responses to sound may also help preventing negative effects of sounds, including health effects.
Emoacoustics can be applied to a range of different sound-related problems such as:
- Sound design
- Human-Machine Interfaces (warning, information and feedback sounds in computers, vehicles etc)
- Product Sound Quality (cars, trucks, aircraft, home appliances etc)
- Architectural design (room acoustics, interior soundscapes, auralization & virtual acoustics)
- Virtual Reality and computer games
- Musical acoustics, musical communication and music psychology