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Scream Research Could Lead to Scarier Alarms

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The sound of a person screaming is so powerful that it instantly activates the brain's fear circuitry, new research documenting the "acoustic signature of screams" finds.

Different types of screaming - including wails from distressed babies - all have a property called roughness, which refers to how fast a sound's volume changes. Duplicating that quality, outlined in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology, could lead to everything from scarier films to new and improved alarm sounds.

http://news.discover...arms-150716.htm

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MeOnlyMe

Interesting, I am sure they could even make something scarier than a human scream with the right amount of funding!

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MissJatti

It's the kids scream about 6yo to 8yo, they scream at anything, and all during playtime,

So that scream in the movie Gladiator (2000) in the scene @ 10:16, where the barbarian chief swings is axe

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Lenore Graves

Haha, I cant imagine the stress of waking up every morning to a blood curdling scream!

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jarjarbinks

most ads will probably uses the same spectrum too ...

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Taun

Nothing is as shrill or fingernail-curling, as a 3,4 or 5 year old girls scream... A boys scream at that age is almost as bad, but a girls scream has that slightly higher pitch...

I have numerous great-nieces and nephews and when they run around and play, their screams make me want to climb the walls...

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Lucas Cooper Merrin

Ive always found the old air raid siren the worst sound imaginable!

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Taun

Ive always found the old air raid siren the worst sound imaginable!

We have those for tornado sirens - scattered all about the city... Yeah they are pretty hard to not hear...

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pallidin

For panic alarms, and such like smoke/CO2 detectors, I can see that... or not.

What's wrong with the standard digital very loud "shrill" already in use? Why change that to a "scream"?

For an alarm clock, forget it. After a few nights I would think some mild form of PTSD would develop, making sleeping difficult as one anticipates, subconsciously, a horrific wake-up scream.

My favorite alarm clock gently wakes me up. First a series of low volume beeps, then it progressively get's louder.

For public PA emergencies, I think a scream voice could illicit undue panic.

Keep things as they are! No need to change what already works!

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