Suppression through acoustics

Kevin Beck, Kenneth R. Short, Kirsten M. VanMeenen, Richard J. Servatius

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This paper reviews research conducted by our laboratory exploring the possible use of acoustical stimuli as a tool for influencing behavior. Over the course of several programs, different types of acoustic stimuli have been evaluated for their effectiveness in disrupting targeting, balance, and high-order cognitive processes in both humans and animals. Escape responses are of particular use in this regard. An escape response serves not only as an objective measure of aversion, but as a potential substitute for ongoing behavior. We have also assessed whether the level of performance changes if the individual does not perform an escape response. In general these studies have both suggested certain types of sounds are more aversive or distracting than others. Although the laboratory development of additional stimuli needs to continue, we are taking the next step by testing some of the more effective stimuli in more applied experimental scenarios including those involving group dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons
StatePublished - Aug 23 2006
EventEnabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons - Kissimmee, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 18 2006Apr 19 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherEnabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons
CountryUnited States
CityKissimmee, FL


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Beck, K., Short, K. R., VanMeenen, K. M., & Servatius, R. J. (2006). Suppression through acoustics. In Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons [62190I] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 6219).