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The broadening of scope from usability to user experience we have witnessed in the CHI community represents a shift to a more holistic appreciation of how objects and technology can be purposeful to the people that use them. A recent extension of this development is to also pay attention to the question how technology affects the subjective wellbeing or(More)
Construction of a multidisciplinary conceptual framework of environmental quality and quality of life is required to advance the field of urban development, environmental quality and human well-being. Such a framework would allow for a more theory-based choice of indicators and for the development of tools to evaluate multidimensional aspects of urban(More)
Noise is a stressor that affects the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system. Under conditions of chronic noise stress the cardiovascular system may adversely be affected. Epidemiological noise studies regarding the relationship between aircraft noise and cardiovascular effects have been carried out on adults and on children focussing on mean(More)
The association between noise and cardiovascular disease has been studied for several decades and the weight of evidence clearly supports a causal link. Nevertheless, many questions remain, such as the magnitude and threshold level for adverse effects of noise, how noise and other cardio-toxic pollutants (such as particulate matter) may interact in disease(More)
Since the previous review of Stansfeld and Lercher (2003) there has been modest but continuing interest in the mental health effects of noise over the last five years (2003-2008). In particular the aspect of noise sensitivity has been studied more extensively in this period. Also recent results of longitudinal studies around major airports and the so called(More)
Seats need to be more lightweight for airplanes, cars, busses and even trains to contribute to a better environment and to reduce energy consumption. However, a reduction in comfort due to weight reduction is not preferable, which opens a new area of research: improving comfort with a minimum of material or with lightweight materials and systems. In this(More)
Comfort plays an increasingly important role in the interior design of airplanes. Although ample research has been conducted on airplane design technology, only a small amount of public scientific information is available addressing the passenger's opinion. In this study, more than 10,000 internet trip reports and 153 passenger interviews were used to(More)
There continues to be steady research interest in the cardiovascular effects of noise. This summary of peer-reviewed English-language publications for the period of 2003 to 2007 shows a continuing trend of increasing sophistication in study design and analytical methods, and increased emphasis on research issues such as improved characterization of noise(More)