/ 26 May 2021

Chewing over misophonia

Miso what now? Let’s put it like this – do sounds of munching and slurping get under your skin? That’s misophonia, and researchers from the UK’s Newcastle University reckon they know why it’s so unpleasant. They found that people with misophonia have stronger connections between the part of the brain that processes sounds and handles mouth and throat muscle movements. “That makes them feel like the sounds are intruding into them,” said neuroscientist Dr Sukhbinder Kumar. But don’t panic, it could soon be possible to break the chewing-rage link. Who knows, it could even bring families back together

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