Lay Language Papers
Acoustics '08 Paris

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The following are lay language versions of meeting papers being presented at Acoustics '08, to be held June 30 - July 4, 2008 in Paris, France. Please keep in mind that some of the research described in the laypapers may not have yet been peer reviewed.


How sound from human activities affects marine mammals (1aID1) by Peter Tyack

Noise and Perceived Privacy - Flexible Office Space Matters (1pAAa3) by C. Bodin Danielsson

Philharmonic Acoustics (1pAAb4) by Harold Marshall, Joanne O. Valentine and Thomas Scelo

Listening to Antarctic Ice Breaking from Australia (1pAOa3) by Alexander Gavrilov and Binghui Li

Sound reconstructed: the greatest Silbermann Organ having given back its original sound profile (1pMUc2) by Christian Ahrens, Sebastian Schmidt, and Jonas Braasch

Do vacationers in Spain have the right to silence? (1pNSb2) by Mariló Jiménez Mateos

Challenges and Opportunities for Noise Mapping in the United States (1pNSd2) by Kenneth Kaliski

Combined Sensors for Landmine Detection (1pPAc1) by Waymond R. Scott, Jr., Gregg D. Larson, Ali C. Gurbuz, James H. McClellan and Kangwook Kim

Ultrasound in the Dairy (1pPAd8) by Shobha Muthukumaran, Sandra Kentish, Muthupandian Ashokkumar, and Geoff Stevens

What is happening in your brain when your listening mode is switched? (1pPPa16) by Makio Kashino, Hirohito M. Kondo and Minae Okada

Understanding dialects in the American Midwest (1pSCb5) by Cynthia G. Clopper

An Intelligent Noise Meter (1pSPa3) by Jon Stammers and David Chesmore

Accurate measurement of distance and velocity using ultrasonic waves (1pSPb6) by Shinnosuke Hirata, Minoru Kuribayashi Kurosawa and Takashi Katagiri


Good Sounding Rock Venues "Eat" the Bass! (2aAAb3) by Niels Werner Larsen and Eric Thompson

Movements and grip influence the contact force and sound in drumming (2aMUb1) by Sofia Dahl and Eckart Alternmüller

How to play the first bar of Rhapsody in Blue (2aMUb6) by Jer-Ming Chen and John Smith

The Next Generation of Artificial Heads (2aPPa4) by Janina Fels and Michael Vorländer

Can colors influence loudness? (2aPPa15) by Daniel Menzel, Elias Faccinelli, and Hugo Fastl

Automatic Detection and Correction of Detuned Singing (2aSCa4) by Michal Lech and Bozena Kostek

We Can't Help Imitating the Talkers We Hear - and See (2aSCb2) by Lawrence D. Rosenblum, Rachel M. Miller, and Kauyumari Sanchez

Speak to your TV, it can understand you (2aSCc4) by Maurizio Omologo

Relating the hospital sound environment to occupant psychological and physiological response (2pAAc2) by Kerstin Persson Waye, Erica Ryherd, Berit Lindahl, and Ingegerd Bergbom

Acoustic Emissions for the Prediction of Avalanches (2pPAa6) by Pierre de Guibert and Vincent Gibiat

How Tires Make Noise (2aSAb1) by Dan Borza and Ioana Nistea

Acoustics of a selection of famous 18th century opera houses: Versailles, Markgräfliches, Drottningholm, Schwetzingen (2pAAb3) by Alban Bassuet

Can you tell a 'pea' from a 'bee' if you are a dyslexic child? (2pSCa3) by Souhila Messaoud-Galusi, Valerie Hazan, and Stuart Rosen


High fidelity on the line: please say "aah" (3aMUa7) by Sten Ternström

"Smart Foams" for Enhancing Acoustic Absorption (3aSAb3 & 5aSAb10) by Pierre Leroy, Alain Berry, Noureddine Atalla and Philippe Herzog

What MP3 Players Do to Teenagers (3pPPb3) by Adriano Farina


Green Roofs for Quietness (4aNSc7) by Timothy Van Renterghem and Dick Botteldooren

Brain regions involved in speaking contribute to conscious awareness of speech (4aSCb2, 4pSCb34) by Matt Davis

Babies' brain waves and cognitive control skills are linked to learning of second-language speech sound information (4aSCb9) by Barbara T. Conboy, Jessica A. Sommerville and Patricia K. Kuhl

Acoustic Characterization of the Ancient Theatre at Syracuse (4pAAa3) by Marco Gullo, A. La Pica, G. Rodono’ and V. Vinci

Pleistocene Hearing (4pAAa12) by Ignacio Martínez Mendizábal, R. Quam, M. Rosa, P. Jarabo, C. Lorenzo, and J.L. Arsuaga

The spotted hyena whoops, giggles and groans. What do the groans mean? (4pABd1) by Frédéric Theunissen, Steve Glickman, and Suzanne Page

Bones in the light of ultrasound (4pEAb2) by Pascal Laugier

Protecting Underwater Archeological Sites (4pEAb2) by Tuncay Akal


Sound Insulation for Homes (5aAAb2) by Sean Smith

Grand vs Upright Pianos (5aMUe17) by Grigorios Plitsis

The Sound of the African Thumb Piano (kalimba) (5aMUf1) by David M.F. Chapman

Sound of the Hang (5aMUf3) by David Wessel, Andrew Morrison, and Thomas Rossing

Whispering, singing or shouting of erupting volcanoes: the music of gigantic volcanic bubbles (5aPAa3) by Sylvie Vergniolle

"Smart Foams" for Enhancing Acoustic Absorption (5aSAb10 & 3aSAb3) by Pierre Leroy, Alain Berry, Noureddine Atalla and Philippe Herzog

The question of disguised voices (5aSCa5) by Patrick Perrot and Gérard Chollet

Brain regions involved in speaking contribute to conscious awareness of speech (5aSCc30, 5aSCc39, 5aSCc44) by Matt Davis

Sleepy People Don't Speak Clearly (5aSCc31) by Suzanne Boyce, Joel MacAuslan, Ann Bradlow and Rajka Smiljanic

Deaf children can hear well, but not always in classrooms due to acoustics (5pNSa3) by Frank Iglehart

Bio-inspired method to distinguish man-made objects in the ocean (5pUWb8) by Karim G. Sabra, Manell E. Zakharia, Mario Zampolli, Henrik Schmidt and William A. Kuperman

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