This sound study at Duke University aims to find out why we’re triggered by the sounds that we are.
Currently the Duke Sensory Processing and Emotion Regulation program is collaborating with Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar (Newcastle University) and Mercede Erfanian (University of Maastricht) through the International Misophonia Research Network to better understand misophonic trigger sounds.
“ I have wanted to do this study for 15 years” says Dr. Jennifer Jo Brout of IMRN. “We always look to the sufferers and study what is wrong with them but we never think to deconstruct the sounds to find out why these triggers line up so closely…Why do all of us have aversive reactivity to the so many of the same sounds?”
The researchers all feel that with more knowledge about the sounds the disorder will be better characterized and the potential for treatment will be more easily and more efficiently formulated. Dr. Stephen W. Porges (Indiana University Bloomington) has already done a pilot study in association with IMRN but the research needs to be further expanded to really shed light on this issue. The researchers are currently donating their time to begin this study and hope to find resources, which will allow for more of the misophonia researchers to contribute.
Misophonia Research is ever-evolving. While there are currently only a small number of academic articles published, this is growing rapidly. Misophonia International supports the International Misophonia Research Network (IMRN).
The IMRN was formed to facilitate cross disciplinary research in misophonia and conditions related to auditory over-responsivity. Founded by Jennifer Brout, PsyD, the IMRN aims to connect sufferers and researchers to accurate and current information related to the disorder.Want To Support This Program? Donate Now.