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Aesthetical aspects of attitude towards the noise source influencing noise annoyance – example from a study on response to wind turbines

Paper i proceeding
Författare Eja Pedersen
Pernilla Larsman
Publicerad i Proceedings of Internoise 2007, International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey, 28–31 August 2007, Paper 833100.
Publiceringsår 2007
Publicerad vid Institutionen för medicin, avdelningen för samhällsmedicin och folkhälsa
Psykologiska institutionen
Språk en
Ämneskategorier Psykologi


Attitude towards the noise source is well known to be associated with noise annoyance. The meaning of this attitude is ambiguous, but it appears to include an aesthetic aspect. This aesthetic aspect of the attitude towards the noise source has however not yet been thoroughly assessed. Wind turbines are visual noise sources in the environment, prominent in the landscape and seen by many people living in the vicinity. They are therefore suitable objects for studies on aesthetical evaluation in relation to noise annoyance. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of visual attitude towards wind turbines on annoyance with wind turbine noise. A cross-sectional field study was carried out among people living near wind turbines in Sweden (n = 754). Subjective measurements (noise annoyance, attitude and potential moderating variables such as visibility of the noise source and gender) were assessed by a questionnaire and analysed in relation to A-weighted sound pressure levels outside the dwelling of each respondent. The results showed that the visual attitude towards wind turbines was highly correlated with noise annoyance, while the general attitude was not. Wind turbines, that are technical devises often placed in a contrasting rural surrounding, could be appraised as incongruent with the landscape and therefore distressing; a distress enhancing noise annoyance.

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