Sound Environment During the Child's Development

Jan 01, 1991

This paper explores the effect of sound in early childhood, receptive and productive beginning at in-utero; sound as communication and its transformation into human language; and consequently the acquisition of the same as a determinant in learning and development. The effects of noise as dangerous to health and distractors in learning environments are also explored. Whereas younger children are not attracted to noisy environments, teenagers seem to thrive on them. In conclusion, noise is considered a risk factor for mental and physical health and should no longer be ignored as such but not as an expression of life.

Annie Moch (Department of Psychology, University of Paris)
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Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

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