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Cox, T. J. 2007, September 2—7 Bad vibes: An investigation into the worst sounds in the world. Paper presented at 19th International Congress on Acoustics, Madrid. 
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Resource type: Proceedings Article
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Cox2007
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Categories: General
Keywords: Disgust, Emotion
Creators: Cox
Publisher: (Madrid)
Collection: 19th International Congress on Acoustics
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Abstract
"An Internet experiment has been carried out where people audition and rate a variety of horrible sounds such as the sound of: fingernails being scraped down a blackboard; someone throwing up, and a dentist drill. Although the experimental conditions are very uncontrolled, using the Internet allows access to a vast number of ratings (1.5 million to date) and to a range of subjects that is virtually impossible to replicate in the laboratory. This paper will explore the methodology, examining the pitfalls and issues with running such an experiment, for instance the problems arising from the lack of calibration and uncontrolled context. Although the media have been most interested in the ‘World’s top ten worst sounds’, absolute judgements are in many ways problematic. However, relative judgements and trends are probably useful, and the experiment works well in examining how responses to sounds vary with contextual variables such as age, location and gender. The website was also used to examine audio-visual interaction, for instance the colour of the website was varied to see how that affected ratings. Some of the interesting and quirky results arising from the experiment are explored."
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