Bottalico studies effects of ambient noise in restaurants
Dr. Pasquale Bottalico’s study, “Lombard effect, ambient noise, and willingness to spend time and money in a restaurant” (The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 144, EL209, 2018) was featured in an article by Daniel Fink, MD, on the website Silencity. Dr. Fink is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America.
Dr. Bottalico studied speech in a sound booth at different ambient noise levels. The sound level of speech increased as ambient noise increased. As background noise increased, it triggered a decrease in the willingness to spend time and money in a restaurant.
Dr. Bottalico will present his study at the joint 176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and 2018 Acoustics Week in Canada meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association in Victoria, Canada, next month. He also will receive the Acoustical Society of America’s Early Career Travel Award and deliver an invited presentation at the forum “Creating Quieter Communities” at the University of Victoria.