Mercede Erfanian has a background in clinical psychology and neuroscience with a particular focus on affective disorders. Her research concerns understanding brain mechanisms in patients with mood and anxiety disorders. At the moment her research focus is specific to Misophonia, its brain mechanisms, cognitive and emotional characteristics and co-morbidity with affective disorders. In 2015, She joint the International Misophonia Research Network (IMRN) and She is currently collaborating with Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar on a joint study, at the universities of Newcastle. Recently, she has started an EU funded project (Soundscape Indices SSID) in the department of environmental design and engineering (IEDE) of UCL (Acoustic Group). Her research aims to achieve a ground-breaking development through the establishment of ‘soundscape indices’ (SSID), adequately reflecting levels of human comfort. This will provide the underpinning science for soundscape in the field of human sound/auditory perception. Key objectives, as coherent steps for achieving the main aim, are: (1) To characterize soundscapes, by capturing soundscapes and establishing a comprehensive database, which will be a cornerstone for the proposed analysis. (2) To determine key factors and their influence on soundscape quality based on the database, by conducting laboratory psychological evaluation, physical/psychoacoustic factors analysis, and more importantly, to research at a physiological/biological level, including the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging. (3) To develop, test and validate the soundscape indices, through analyzing the influences by various factors, using a number of inter- & trans-disciplinary approaches.
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