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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.

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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.



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