Annoyance is the most prevalent community response to environmental noise. Observational and experimental lab studies have shown that exposure to environmental noise leads to annoyance, sleep disturbance, daytime sleepiness, increased heart rate and increased blood pressure. However, previous literature is preliminary based on controlled settings or experimental design, raising the question of the generalizability and applicability in daily life scenarios.
The objective of the project is how to measure (aircraft) noise annoyance in daily life. Recently, NLR developed a mobile-based app to open up the possibility of large scale studies (e.g. within communities around airports and approach routes) to assess the effect of different amounts of (nocturnal) aircraft noise exposure on (short-term) noise annoyance (and sleep disturbances). This internship will focus on elaborating a questionnaire for the mobile-based app and testing the questionnaire in a small scale study (i.e. pilot). Supporting in the literature study will be part of the internship.
Tasks to be foreseen:
- Supporting in a literature study about (aircraft) noise annoyance and how to measure noise annoyance
- Supporting in the elaboration of a questionnaire
- Adding the questionnaire to our app
- Design and execute a pilot experiment with a small sample size
- Analyse data
- Report, including lessons learned and suggestions for next steps
- Present the outcome of the study to the department at NLR
- Manual of how to use app (i.e. preparing, making available and how to process raw .csv-output into meaningful interpretation.
This fulltime internship starts September 1st (earlier is possible) and the duration of this assignment will be 5 to 6 months (shorter or longer is possible). We offer an inspiring high-tech aerospace-oriented working environment and an informal culture with room for personal initiative although you have to work remotely (because of COVID-19). You will receive a compensation for general expenditures.
- BSc or MSc student in Psychology or equivalent
- Proven experience with Python
- Interest in the area of measuring operator performance, more specifically fatigue
- Good communication and writing
For more information, please contact Maykel van Miltenburg, MSc. (firstname.lastname@example.org; 088-5113389).
NLR is a leading international research centre for aerospace. Its mission is to make air transport safer, more efficient, more effective and more sustainable. Bolstered by its multidisciplinary expertise and unrivalled research facilities, NLR provides innovative and comprehensive solutions to the complex challenges of the aerospace sector. NLR’s operator performance group has a wide range of both academic and practical knowledge on operator performance and human factors (HF) in complex environments. Operator-in-the-loop studies are performed to measure the manner in which personnel conduct themselves in an operational setting (either simulated or realistic). The assessment includes operator performance aspects such as (crew) workload, (team) situation awareness, usability, visual perception, vigilance, and (eye) fatigue. Data is gathered objectively (e.g. heart rate and eye-tracking) and subjectively (e.g. through interviews, workshops and questionnaires).
Send your application, together with your motivation letter and CV to email@example.com, attn. Maykel van Miltenburg. A first selection of candidates will be made ASAP (but before August 1st). However more internships related to, and in continuation of, the current one are foreseen. Therefore late responses are also appreciated.
Datum : 01/09/2020
Locatie : Amsterdam
Uren : 40
Opleidingsniveau : BSc or MSc
Werkniveau : Stage/afstudeerstage
Achtergrond : BSc or MSc student in Psychology