Mary Schrott

Learn how sound affects human health in the built environment.

Humans have natural and subconscious reactions to sound. Ominous low-frequency thunder makes our spines tingle, high-pitched screams dilate our pupils and even the complete absence of sound can make a room feel uncomfortable.

There’s no denying that sound has a big impact on humans and our well-being, which is why building professionals have spent lifetimes working to create spaces that promote health through sound.

In episode four of “Built for Health,” host Flavia Grey discusses the influence of sound on humans and how the built environment can create healthy soundscapes for occupants.

Tapping into the science behind sound and acoustic design, the built environment and human behavior are Mathias Basner, Associate Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Chris Pollock of Arup, a renowned design and consulting firm.

Listen to “Built for Health: Acoustics and Sound" to learn more about the health effects of constantly being exposed to noisy environments, some strategies to support and improve auditory communication and applicable building codes and regulatory requirements for designing healthy acoustic environments.

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