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To people who respond to sounds such as loud chewing or breathing may have an hypersensitive brain connection. This new finding, scientists have revealed, could help treat people suffering from mizophonia.

People who react to certain sounds, particularly loud chewing and breathing, may have hypersensitive brain connectivity, according to a new study.

Neurology scientists at Newcastle University have discovered a growing link between the auditory cortex and motor control areas associated with the face, mouth and throat in people suffering from mizophony.

Mizophony, which means hatred of sound, is a condition that people experience by giving intense and involuntary reactions to certain sounds made by others and called triggers.


Research fallowed at the Institute of Biosciences at Newcastle University, of research: “our findings show that there is abnormal communication between auditory and motor brain regions in people with mizophony. You can define this as an over-sensitized connection. This is the first time such a link has been detected in the brain for the condition.” Mizophony is a condition that affects about 15% of adults worldwide and is more common in women than in men. Discomfort has long been considered a sound processing disorder, but findings from Newcastle University suggest it’s much more than that.


The scientists performed brain scans on those with and without mizophony and found that in people with mizophony, communication between the auditory cortex and motor control areas related to the face, mouth and throat increased. Dr. “What surprised us was that we found a similar pattern of communication between visual and motor regions, reflecting that mizophony can also occur when triggered by something visual,” was said. These results lead us to believe that movements made by other individuals activate something called the ‘mirror system’, which helps us process our own brain in a similar way – as if we are making these movements ourselves.


In patients with mizophony, we believe that excessive activation of the mirror system leads to a perception that sounds made by others are intruding on their bodies outside their control. Interestingly, some people with mizophony can reduce their symptoms by mimicking the action that creates the triggering sound. Using this information could help us develop new treatments for people with mizophonia.”


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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