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Research Group: Human Sciences Group

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The Human Sciences Group comprises the Human Factors Research Unit, the Hearing and Balance Centre and Subjective Acoustics.

Group Overview

Human Factors Research Unit, HFRU:

The HFRU is a multidisciplinary unit conducting fundamental and applied research, providing training, and offering advice in all matters related to human responses to vibration: health effects (including the hand-arm vibration syndrome), discomfort, performance, biodynamics, seating dynamics and motion sickness.

Hearing and Balance Centre, HABC: 

The HABC works to improve the quality of life of patients with hearing and/or balance disorders by combining clinical activities with research and teaching.

Subjective Acoustics:

Subjective acoustics is a multi-disciplinary topic concerned with the interface between engineering noise control and human perception.

Contact us


Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ


Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2291



The Human Factors Research Unit laboratories have a unique range of human-related test facilities for experimental studies of human responses to whole-body vibration, hand-transmitted vibration, and low frequency oscillation.



Research Staff

Related Projects

Related ProjectsStatusType
Digitizing Command and Control Active
Engine Breakthrough Components and SubsystemsActive
Investigating the Human Factors of Fratricide Active
Investigating Schema Based Error in the CockpitActive
Modeling Situation Awareness in Command and Control TeamsActive
2 ears are better than 1ActiveGrant
Acoustic simulations of cochlear implantsActive
Aircraft noise sound quality Active
Anaesthesia and awarenessActive
Anthropodynamic dummiesActive
Attitudes to noise from aviation sources in England study Active
Bayesian modelling of subthalamic activity in offline motor controlActive
Binaural/spatial hearing and learning related to hearing aids and cochlear implantsActive
Brain inspired speech enhancerActive
Combined effects of noise and vibration on drivers and passengers Active
Compositions for cochlear implanteesActive
Discomfort caused by horizontal (fore-and-aft and lateral) and rotational (roll and pitch) vibrationActive
Discomfort caused by low frequency translational and rotation oscillation Active
Dynamic performance of car seatsActive
Dynamic performance of suspension seats Active
Effect of inflammatory proteins on age-related hearing lossActive
Effects of gloves on the transmission of vibration to the handActive
Effects of noise on housing preference Active
Emotional processing: A framework for tinnitus therapyActive
Enhancement of speech landmarks for cochlear implantsActive
European CS19 Validation And Normative Data CollectionActive
Exploring the experiences of adolescents with cochlear implantsActive
Finding a sense of balanceActive
Fit for dutyActive
Glove testing to ISO 10819Active
Hearing prosthesesActive
HVLab diagnostic systemsActive
Improving the acquisition of Auditory Evoked Potentials for clinical diagnosisActive
Make like a batActive
Measurement protocols for the Vestibular Evoked Myogenic PotentialActive
Modelling cochlear dynamicsActive
Signal processing of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs)Active
Motion sickness caused by low frequency translational and rotational oscillationActive
Music perception assessmentActive
New methods for assessing the control of blood flow in the brainActive
Objective measures of hearing aid benefitActive
Perception of phase differences between the seat, the feet, and the handsActive
Personalized fitting and evaluation of hearing aids with EEG responsesActive
Postural stability of walking persons exposed to lateral vibrationActive
Processing and perception of low frequency speech cues for hearing impairmentActive
Quality of life measures for patients with bilateral cochlear implantsActive
Seat testing to ISO 7096, ISO 10326-2, and other standardsActive
Speech Technology LabActive
Subjective Responses Active
Tactile channels mediating the perception of supra-threshold vibrationActive
Temporal information in cochlear implantsActive
The Hearing BrainActive
Thermotactile perception thresholds Active
Vascular responses to hand-transmitted vibration Active
Vibrotactile perception thresholds on the sole of the footActive
What are hearing aids up to?Active
What are the benefits of multichannel recording of Auditory Evoked ResponsesActive
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