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Psychogenic Aspects of Wind Turbine Complaints

A paper published 11/25/13 in Health Psychology adds to a growing body of research indicating that perceived impacts from wind turbines are psychogenic.

"Results: During exposure to audible windfarm sound and infrasound, symptoms and mood were strongly influenced by the type of expectations. Negative expectation participants experienced a significant increase in symptoms and a significant deterioration in mood, while positive expectation participants reported a significant decrease in symptoms and a significant improvement in mood. Conclusion: The study demonstrates that expectations can influence symptom and mood reports in both positive and negative directions"

http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2013-40810-001/

The Power of Positive and Negative Expectations to Influence Reported Symptoms and Mood During Exposure to Wind Farm Sound.

Crichton, Fiona; Dodd, George; Schmid, Gian; Gamble, Greg; Cundy, Tim; Petrie, Keith J.

Health Psychology, Nov 25 , 2013, 

Bill Carson December 09, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Falmouth Massachusetts Town Attorney Admits Residents Living In Wind Turbine Pain http://www.topix.com/forum/city/falmouth-ma/TCK6N1JBNB0VEUJOJ Falmouth Town Council Admits Wind Turbine Pain ZBA Tom DeLeo Troy, NY Falmouth Massachusetts Falmouth Town counsel Frank K. Duffy admits Barry Funfar suffered from wind turbines Quote : "Town counsel Frank K. Duffy Jr. did not doubt that Mr. Funfar suffered" http://www.capenews.net/falmouth/falmouth_zba_rules_wind_turbines_are_nuisance_at_ridgeview_avenue_home
Bill Carson December 09, 2013 at 04:30 PM
The state notified the Town of Falmouth May 2012 .The turbines are out of noise compliance. Last week Frank Duffy at the ZBA meeting said the residents have been hurt by the wind turbines and at the meeting property values have lost 28%. The Friends of Falmouth are the keepers of the Golden Calf . Moses has come down the mountain. It's time to stop the ongoing torture you helped inflict on your own neighbors -
NortheasternEE December 09, 2013 at 05:08 PM
One of the mysteries of wind turbine siting is the lack of negative complaints from Hull which preceded Falmouth. Both Hull and Falmouth were preconditioned to expect positive expectations. Originally Hull had a small turbine like Mass Maritime which produced no noticeable complaints. Falmouth residents were treated to tours of Hull where the locals were, and are enthusiastic about their wind turbines. Wind-1 went in with normally high expectations that the impact would be pleasant. In the meantime Hull installed a wind turbine the size of Wind-1. Falmouth has resulted in widespread complaints. Hull continues to be complaint free. Now, if all this is due to psychogenic effects, then how do we explain that given both communities were preconditioned positively, Hull continues to be relatively free of complaints. Perhaps Hull is under the spell of something we might call the "Reverse Nocebo"? Is Hull possibly suffering the wind turbine impacts due to positive psychogenic conditioning?

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