Spatial perception © Siemens Stiftung 2018 CC BY-SA 4.0 international

Spatial perception


Sequence of same sounds with varying echoes makes spatial perception clear. A sound in a living room is different to what it is in a hall.

English, Spanish (CREA), German
Audio (271.6 kByte)
We recognize immediately whether we are in a small room with not much space in it or whether we are walking through a big hall. The sound and the echo of our steps tell us the dimensions of the room.
We know from experience: When we find a cave, we shout into it to see how big it is, before we dare to enter it.

Information and ideas:
The recording simulates different rooms. A sequence of sounds is played. At first, you have the impression you are in a small room and, at the end, in a big hall.
There can be a class discussion about what the rooms might look like.

Relevant for teaching:
Reception of stimuli and processing of information
Senses discover the environment
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Sample audio clip
Music; Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
Grade 1 to 4; Grade 5 to 6; Grade 7 to 9; Grade 10 to 13
Elementary school; Middle/high school; Vocational training
Perception (sense organ); Sense of hearing; Sense organ; Sound; Echo; Hearing training; Listening exercise; Listening situation; Localization; Reverberation; Sense of hearing; Sense organ; Sound field; Training of the senses
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