Sounds that satisfy: Describing the relationship between sound and need fulfilment

G.L.M. Louwers*, E. Ozcan Vieira, Jasper Van Bommel, S.C. Pont

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Psychological needs of users as a basis for design are at the core of design practice, yet the importance of fundamental human needs when designing soundscapes has not been studied specifically. This paper investigates the relationship between nine fundamental human needs and the affective qualities and categories of soundscapes. In a free-labeling survey study, we collected descriptions of imagined sound environments for the fulfilment of the needs, as well as ratings of the perceived affective quality of these environments. We found that needs were associated with pleasant soundscapes, while their eventfulness varied. ‘Human’ sounds were a common category for each of the nine needs considered in this study, but systematic variations of the categories were found dependent on the need. Results suggest that designing categorically different soundscapes dependent on the users’ needs will have beneficial effects.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventDRS 2022 - Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 25 Jun 20223 Jul 2022


ConferenceDRS 2022
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  • Needs
  • Soundscape
  • Design
  • Well-being


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