Most people know that what they eat can affect how they feel. For example, you might know from experience that too much caffeine makes you jittery, and too much turkey makes you sleepy. But do you know your local soundscape affects you?
As we lead increasingly urban lives, that question takes on more importance. The constant thrum of traffic, for example, might impact how we cope with stress. Living with daily emergency services sirens might affect how we respond to people in trouble.
The Sound Around You project aims to learn more about sonic influences. Researchers are asking people around the world to use their iPhone to record clips from different sound environments, and to upload them to a map. Participants are also invited to post their opinions of the clips and why they chose to record them.
To get involved, search for “isay” in the Apple App Store, and install the free app on your phone. Then record your environment and send the clip to the Sound Around You project. You can also visit the website to browse the map.