Sounds Like Misophonia
A place for people to learn about misophonia research
BA, PGDip, DClinPsy
Doctoral Research Fellow
I am researching misophonia, a phenomenon where individuals experience an extreme negative emotional reaction to certain sounds, like eating, heavy breathing, rustling and repetitive tapping. At the more severe end of the scale, misophonia is a disorder that can cause substantial distress and interfere with relationships, work and study.
In my work as a clinical psychologist, I have been adapting cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for the unique presentation of misophonia. Many patients have found it helpful for reducing distress and impairment caused by this curious sensory phenomenon. Whilst there is no know cure for misophonia, psychological therapies might be able to improve symptoms and functioning.
My current research aims to find the key cognitive and behavioural mechanisms of this phenomenon, and to test whether therapy techniques can change these mechanisms.
I am a clinical psychologist and am completing this research under the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellowship Scheme for Clinicians.
Misophonia in the UK: Prevalence and norms from the S-Five in a UK representative sample.
Vitoratou S. et al, (2023), PLoS One, 18
Listening to People with Misophonia: Exploring the Multiple Dimensions of Sound Intolerance Using a New Psychometric Tool, the S-Five, in a Large Sample of Individuals Identifying with the Condition
Vitoratou S. et al, (2021), Psych, 3, 639 - 662
Item Response Theory Investigation of Misophonia Auditory Triggers.
Vitoratou S. et al, (2021), Audiol Res, 11, 567 - 581
Maternal feeding practices predict fruit and vegetable consumption in young children. Results of a 12-month longitudinal study.
Gregory JE. et al, (2011), Appetite, 57, 167 - 172
Maternal feeding practices, child eating behaviour and body mass index in preschool-aged children: a prospective analysis.
Gregory JE. et al, (2010), Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 7