This research explores how acoustic environments can elicit awe and wonder emotions, and how such experiences can contribute to restoration and wellbeing. Drawing from the Attention Restoration Theory in environmental psychology, which focuses on enhancing human wellbeing through "soft fascination," the research project investigates sound stimuli's restorative potential. Specifically, the project involves designing immersive and unconventional acoustic experiences that incorporate aesthetic elements to evoke awe and wonder as a restorative strategy.
The study outcomes provides valuable insights into designing and evaluating virtual acoustic environments that incorporate restorative soundscapes. In addition to enhancing the general public's wellbeing, this work's impact extends to neurodivergent individuals who can benefit from these acoustic experiences as a coping mechanism, fostering an environment where they can thrive.