Participate in misophonia research
Do you experience distress upon hearing certain common sounds (such as chewing, tapping or breathing sounds)? You may be eligible to participate in a paid UCSD research study.
We are looking to recruit participants between the ages of 18 and 65 with misophonia to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to examine how people with and without misophonia perceive and process different kinds of sounds.
Research participants will be asked to listen to, produce and make judgments about certain sounds, while simultaneously having their skin conductance response (SCR) and body heat (via thermal imaging) measured.
The experiment will last for two lab sessions, with each session lasting for no more than one hour. Research participants will be paid $10 for each hour of participation. If you are interested in participating in this experiment, you can contact Miren Edelstein, MA.
Participants in the San Diego area, only.
How did you get interested in Misophonia?
Back in 2011 (my first year of graduate school), my advisor Dr. Ramachandran received an email from a member of a Misophonia support group inquiring if we could begin some research on the disorder. At the time, no one had really heard of Misophonia, so we decided to invite a few members of the support group to the lab for preliminary interviews and testing. To an extent, I could relate to some of the negative feelings experienced by these Misophonia sufferers, because nobody loves the sound of another person loudly chewing gum or clicking their pen in class. For the most part these are sounds that people consider to be annoying, and I’ll admit I was a little skeptical at first as to whether this phenomenon was an actual condition or whether these individuals were simply more vocal than others about their sound issues. However, after talking to a few individuals and understanding the toll that Misophonia had taken on the quality of their lives, I realized that the disorder was definitely worth a further look. Ultimately, it was the severity of these people’s reactions paired with a lack of experimental research that inspired us to conduct our first study.