In the Second Exam in Perception in the Fall Term, 2010, this question appeared:
In a recent psychological study of annoying sounds, the winner was a scraping sound made by dragging a knife across a cast iron skillet. Great experiment! But, another annoying sound might have won if the experiment had included it. Which one?
Here are the answers
a fire alarm
a nail file on a fingernail is physically painful to me, so that would win. a crying child.
alarm clock (2)
ambulances and fire trucks in the NYC streets
auditorium chairs squeaking as someone stands up -- kind of like the ones in this room
car breaks screeching
cell phone ringing/ vibrating?
chalk on a blackboard (7)
chewing on aluminum foil
dragging nails across a chalkboard (19)
gum chewing (2)
gum chewing with mouth open
high pitched tone produced by a microphone when it is not set properly
human teeth biting or scraping against a fork is unbearable
loud crying baby!
my biology lab instructor’s voice
my five year old brother screeching when he is put in a time out.
my roommate saying “I’m going to go night night” at 10:30 on Saturday night
my suitemate who blows her nose so loudly when I am trying to sleep or study or eat or relax
my suitemate’s “alternative” music. It sounds shockingly similar to the knife-across-cast-iron-skillet sound
Nintendos make on long plane flights
pens clicking repetitively
people when they inhale mucus in their nose rather than blowing their nose. that sound is both annoying and disgusting
scraping on a chalkboard
scratching chalk & nails against a blackboard while simultaneously playing electronica music & accompanying fire engine sirens from outside & squeak of heater turning on Ź a symphony!
screeching of the subway
sliding a metal based desk on a board floor. ouch!
someone chewing on ice
someone eating a banana
the laugh track from any American sitcom
the screeching wheels of cars
the sick kid sitting across from you in Butler sniffing up his snot every five seconds
the squeaking of some phantom chair in the back of the room right now during this exam.
the street sweeper
the subway abruptly breaking. especially if its coming from the opposite direction of the train you’re waiting for
wet rubber sole of shoe dragged across linoleum