Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


School of Journalism and Broadcasting

Document Type



The term misophonia is derivated from the Greek words misos, (hate), and phónè, (voice); it translates as hatred of sound. It is the term used to describe people who are irregularly affected by everyday noises. The first scientific observations by Pawel J. Jastreboff regarding misophonia indicate “individuals with misophonia are sensitive to a specific set of trigger sounds, which are usually recognized since childhood.” These types of sounds tend to be trivial noises, such as chewing or crunching, sniffing, breathing, clicking, lip smacking, and tapping. The noises can trigger an onslaught of negative emotions and violent reactions.

This documentary film focuses on exposing the public to a disorder with few comprehensive studies. Interviews conducted with both medical professionals and sufferers of misophonia work together to create a depiction of how the disorder affects all people and why others should be considerate of those impacted by the disorder. The documentary delves into the stressful, emotional, human aspect of misophonia in a way that a scientific journal cannot provide. The intention of this study is to form a connection between the subject and the viewer the a will invoke a stronger desire to understand why this disorder is so difficult to live with.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Brad Pfranger, M.A.


Broadcast and Video Studies | Journalism Studies | Neurosciences | Psychology