Authors: Fiona Baum, Ghislaine Boateng, Lucia Bödige, Lorenzo Frangella, Louisa Glawe, Emmanuel Mülstroh, Edris Noori, and Eva van de Walle
The present study investigated whether a fast-learnable relaxation technique, namely Benson’s Relaxation Response (BRR), could reduce noise-induced annoyance. The experimental design was a two by two design. Thus, two groups were exposed to the sound stimulus, the record of a crying baby, and only one of these groups was taught the coping technique prior to exposure. The two “no sound” groups were not exposed to any sound and acted as control groups to test the effect of the coping technique on annoyance in the absence of sound. The results indicated the sound manipulation to be significant in provoking annoyance. In contrast, the relaxation technique did not significantly reduce annoyance. It was concluded that the BRR, in the way it was taught to the participants in the present study, did not reduce annoyance. Furthermore, results showed that the sound of a crying baby was highly annoying, which was in line with prior research.