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Why Does The Sound of Chewing Make Some People Panic?

Judith Krauthamer has just published a book on misophonia that may be a valuable resource: Sound-Rage. It is available through Amazon. Her book addresses both the neurobiology of the condition and the therapies that are available. The researchers at UCSD do not seem to be aware of the considerable research that has been done in this area.

August 23, 2013 at 10:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Does The Sound of Chewing Make Some People Panic?

Unfortunately, this is another example of amateur science reporting. The reporter has given us an intriguing account of people who have an unusual syndrome: misophonia. However, the reporter fails to take a serious look at what is passing for science. Miren Edelstein states that the neurological cause for misophonia might be "enhanced connectivity between the auditory cortex of the brain—where sounds are processed—and the limbic system..." However, she admits that there is no research to support this theory.

In fact, she says the theory is really just a hunch by V.S Ramachandran. For those who remember something about Ramachandran's famous hunches, he is the brain scientist who recently (2011) claimed that there are men in Lamaze classes who exhibit false pregnancies because their mirror neuron systems are over producing empathy hormones. Good science reporting is about more than hunches.

August 21, 2013 at 5:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )