Associations between Positive Health-Related Effects and Soundscapes Perceptual Constructs: A Systematic Review

  title={Associations between Positive Health-Related Effects and Soundscapes Perceptual Constructs: A Systematic Review},
  author={Francesco Aletta and Tin Oberman and Jian Kang},
  journal={International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health},
In policy-making and research alike, environmental sounds are often considered only as psychophysical stressors, leading to adverse health effects. The soundscape approach, on the other hand, aims to extend the scope of sound-related research to consider sounds as resources, promoting healthy and supportive environments. The ISO 12913-1 standard defined soundscapes as acoustic environments “as perceived by people, in context.” The aim of this study was assessing associations between positive… 

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