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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

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


Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ


Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2277


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.



List of related projects to Human Sciences Group
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Engine Breakthrough Components and SubsystemsActive
2 ears are better than 1Active
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Anaesthesia and awarenessActive
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Brain inspired speech enhancerActive
Effects of noise on housing preference Active
Electro-haptic hearing: Using tactile stimulation to improve cochlear implant listeningActive
Emotional processing: A framework for tinnitus therapyActive
Finding a sense of balanceActive
Fit for dutyActive
Improving the acquisition of Auditory Evoked Potentials for clinical diagnosisActive
Make like a batActive
Modelling cochlear dynamicsActive
Signal processing of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs)Active
New methods for assessing the control of blood flow in the brainActive
Objective measures of hearing aid benefitActive
Personalized fitting and evaluation of hearing aids with EEG responsesActive
Quality of life measures for patients with bilateral cochlear implantsActive
The Hearing BrainActive
What are hearing aids up to?Active
Effect of inflammatory proteins on age-related hearing lossDormant
Enhancement of speech landmarks for cochlear implantsDormant
European CS19 Validation And Normative Data CollectionDormant
Exploring the experiences of adolescents with cochlear implantsDormant
Processing and perception of low frequency speech cues for hearing impairmentDormant
Temporal information in cochlear implantsDormant
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