VI. Study of the AudioMagic Nature Sound Programs

Studied: 3-D Living Sound AudioMagic™ Nature Sound programs
Conducted by: Christopher Alsten, PhD

Quoted from Dr. Alsten's presentation at the 2002 International Society for Ecosystem Health Conference in Washington, D.C.:

"In response to numerous anecdotal reports of the increase in appreciation and 'love' of and for nature by individuals who have been exposed to the 3-D Living Sound AudioMagic™ Nature Sound programs, we conducted a unidimensional retrospective analysis of this psychological change. We asked subjects if they noticed a shift in their appreciation of, or relationship to, nature after using the recordings which contained 3-D Living Sound AudioMagic™ Nature Sound programs. We then asked them to attempt to quantify their appreciation on a zero to 10 scale, after repeated exposure to the 3-D Living Sound AudioMagic™ Nature Sound programs and retrospectively, prior to exposure.

"While retrospective analyses of this type are subject to numerous psychological influences affecting the results, several individuals commented on the fact that they didn't realize that their appreciation of nature could improve so much in so little time and that if they had scored it before listening they probably would have scored themselves much higher initially and "run out of room" to show the magnitude and significance of the change."

Here are some sample quotes from the study.
  • The 3-D Sounds (of Nature) really make me want to go back out into nature. It reminds me of how much I miss it. If you would have asked me how much I appreciated nature before listening to the programs, I would have given a higher score than a "two", but I would have run out of room to indicate how much this has affected me. Gerald F.
  • I noticed that I am more in tune to the smells, sights and sounds of nature than I was in the past. I notice the birds chirping more often. I am enjoying the fragrance of flowering plants more. I seem to be able to see "islands of nature" even in the midst of residential or commercial areas. Jan W.
  • I like nature but I didn't get as much out of it as when I was listening to the tapes (3-D “Living” sounds of nature). I was able to visualize nature in the city! It was definitely more relaxing and I appreciate nature a lot more. I'm glad you asked the questions in this order or I would have had to change my starting point to get in a big enough change. Ellen C.
  • I love how it focused my appreciation of nature. Trudy R.
  • I've always liked nature. I found the 3-D or “virtual reality” sounds of nature really calms me down and makes me feel like I'm in another place. Norma N.
  • I have always been sensitive to noise, but noticed recently that I am becoming more and more appreciative of quiet, and more tuned in to birds. I am not a “birder”, but I have noticed that my appreciation of birds singing has increased lately. I am tolerating the mess to have a feeder and a small birdbath outside a living room window, near the chimney where I notice they hang out in the morning. Their songs fill the living room when they sit up on the chimney! Jane M.
  • I don’t know if it improved my appreciation of nature, but I noticed that I hear nature sounds differently than I once did. Now I “hear” nature “in color”. And when I close my eyes and listen to the recordings, its like I’m seeing it! Lee D.

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