The Science Behind ASMR

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WhispersRed ASMR : This is such wonderful news for the ASMR community. Thank you for working so hard to get this paper published! I'm so proud and thankful for everyone involved 💜

Gibi ASMR : Yes!! I love it! I find it so interesting that it's starting to be proven that some people actually DO or DON'T experience ASMR. It's been a long questioned thing if *everyone* has it but just doesn't know how to trigger it or not. Thank you so much for doing such awesome research -- so happy to be a part of the end result. :)

fastASMR : I remember filling out that online survey and how excited I was that there was finally going to be some research about ASMR. Now that the results are out, I'm even more excited. <3

PuddingWhispers : Thanks for the study!!

mwaddisfilms : I've experienced asmr since I was a child. I would love to see more research done on it. especially more on the physiological side. What's happening with people's brain waves, cortisol levels, etc,? is there a genetic component? I would also like to see the human physiological changes while experiencing asmr compared to apes when they groom each other because I think there might be a connection or maybe even an evolutionary explanation... I like that people are actually starting to take it seriously as an academic study

ASMR Muzz : and if you don't like ASMR, all good. Just don't spoil it for people who do.

M. Baritono : One thing I've noticed about the ASMR Community is that there is a very low density of hate comments concerning the content (I do not think I've ever read one rude thing under an ASMR video).

ASMR Art of Sound : It’s such a big step! Thank you so much for this research, now I can finally feel I’m a part of something bigger than just a fun community on YouTube. So glad to see science actually backing up the relaxation effect behind asmr vids. 😍

Adv4u : I unfortunately get very rare tingles. ASMR is for me basically there to relax and get chilled. The tingles are for me only coming, when there is a really STRONG trigger.

Geeky Channel : Sweet, actual research! I would like to see a scan of whats going on in the brain at some point, Im really curious as to why it happens

Angela Melanie Rego : I've done a minors in psychology and I've been DYING for some legit psychology researcher to conduct research on ASMR. The experience of ASMR is so real for me. It's so relaxing. Thank you so much!

Bella Jenkins : Yassss asmr is life !! So glad more research is going into this

Poshdan1988 : Julia needs to start a channel, her voice is amazing 😍

Jemma Vine : What about those who don’t experience the tingling sensation of ASMR? I just watch ASMR as it makes me feel relaxed and of course the sounds sound great. So it must have an affect on some of those who don’t experience ASMR

Patricia : ASMR always makes me fall sleep, makes me disconnect and empties my mind from absolutely everything. I’m so glad the YouTube ASMR community exists, when I was little I felt like a weirdo explaining to others that I felt goosebumps on my head while I was having my hair cut or braided. Now I’m so happy it’s such a normalized topic and there’s actual research being done. Thank you.

Alex Holly : I think ASMR is a reflex from our evolutionary past when we would groom each other in social settings.

Bob T : Thanks you for your research. I have a close friend who listens (uses) ASMR videos everyday for relaxation. I have given it a try a few times and while I don't find it off putting it has yet to give me a real sense of relaxation. I'm interested to hear about your research and the science behind it!

Naomi Hallcro : For me the first time I listened it was quite uncomfortable, I had to turn my headphones down super low but I think that's because I experienced ASMR and was very sensitive, it was like too much for my ears. Then as I gradually listened the people became familiar, I became comfortable and now I listen with the volume cranked as loud as I can 😅

Pineapple Tv : This is awesome! I also experienced asmr since I’m a child and before I always thought I’m weird cuz I just LOVED going to the hairdresser and I always wanted my friends to do my hair... even general school classes could be so relaxing!🤤 When I found out that there’s actually a name for it I was very happy and now people start to investigate it which is just soooo awesome! And yeah trying to explain asmr to others is REALLY hard... this actually helps a lot😊😊😊😊

Sabrina Neff : Thanks for your study! I don't get tingles but I'm watching those videos since years and they relaxe me a lot, they also help me with my chronic insomnia.

Let's Find Out ASMR : The psychology and physiology understanding who senses (or maybe who's more inclined to be open to sense) ASMR is going to be fascinating the more it's fleshed out. I'm especially interested in how the extraversion/intraversion proclivities relate to the susceptibility. Thanks for publishing this U of S!

Penny Piercy : I can understand that some people don't experience an ASMR response, even though I have experienced "tingles" since I was a small child nearly 50 years ago. What I can't understand is the idea needing to prove that it's real, or the assertion that people don't really feel tingles but (for some unexplained reason) claim that they do. Still, it's good to see research being done on the phenomenon.

Paula P : Validation!!!!!!!!

OkamiRose : I am ready for all the new research! Let’s prove to everyone this deserves recognition!

Mr. Mister : I've totally used asmr videos to help stop panic attacks

Chickmamapalletfarm : So interesting! I have been experiencing ASMR my whole life too. In college I had a psychology class I could not stay awake in. The prof had the most beautiful Indian accent, and it would conk me out every single class. Before I discovered ASMR, i would comb YouTube for relaxing voices to fall asleep to. Then the universe blessed me with this whole beautiful group of folks who have made living doing this. It is just awesome!

Naruto _ Kun : HEYYY GIBI hehe

LAFFAN With Kelly : I’ve been experiencing ASMR for decades (of course back then there was no name for it and I didn’t even mention it or describe it because it was just something I felt on and off. Nothing secretive at all but it happened when it happened and that was that,until the next random time. As a child my main two triggers were someone playing with my hair (MAJOR TINGLES) and certain types of voices over the phone(more soothing, paralyzing tingles). The first time I heard someone mention the feeling, was on a show, I don’t remember which show, but the little girl said someone’s voice tickled her ear....At that exact moment I knew exactly what she was talking about. I’m very in tune with my triggers and I’m looking forward to hearing about more research, studies etc., As much as I enjoy ASMR I don’t make it point to listen or watch daily, weekly or even monthly. Not sure why that is if it’s such a soothing feeling. ASMR is such a mysterious pleasure and definitely should have a place in certain types of healing.

Trash Covers : This is so exciting

Marcus Carmichael : I would not be surprised if they soon find out that people with the ability to experience ASMR are of high intelligence.

Ana Bozic : ASMR ❤️

My name is Ambica : Finally !!

Maria Margaritis : Amazing indeed!

Brooke Rousseau : ❤️❤️❤️

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Trash Covers : Who's the purple hoodie guy tho damnnn😍❤

MissVindicat ASMR : Yes, I love this! I love how our understanding of ASMR is growing. I remember WhisperingLife, the very first whisperer on YouTube, so very well! That was back in 2009. In 2010 I started to create whisper videos myself. The term ASMR didn’t even exist back then! And look at us now, we’ve got this wonderful community and now there is scientific research to explain it all. Magical! 💚💚

Sandra Nelson : I wish I could talk to the uni people. I don't experience the tingles at all . But role plays, hand and finger movements, soft speech seem to be very soothing. I have insomnia and anxiety issues that some of the videos seem to help me manage. I have really benefited from discovering this community.

Linda Williams : I'm delighted to hear you are researching ASMR, which l have experienced all my life. Only recently have l discovered my tingles have a (cumbersome) name, never mind can now be induced by an abundance of recordings: my favorite "artists" include Gentle Whispering, Whispers Red, and Michael Sealey, whose soft voice is blended with affirmations and hypnotic suggestions which really do leave me feeling "alert and refreshed". As for your research, l am especially intrigued by its therapeutic possibilities. You might be interested to know that after a morning of listening to Sealey and Red, my atrial fibrillation episode finally stopped, along with the anxiety that accompanies these bouts. Pity the people who can't respond to triggers. Thank you. 😌

Craig Simmonds : This is huge!

Christina Lynn : I'm so happy about this. I've experienced asmr my whole life. I would get tingles and feel warm and relaxed when people looked at and spoke directly to me, or when I would hear tapping on things or when - my favorite - someone combed my hair or rubbed my back, and all sorts of other things. I never told anyone because it felt like a weird thing and was hard to explain. I didn't stumble upon the term asmr and all the videos until this year and it's one of the best things to have ever happened to me. First because it's good to know that I'm not weird, this is a thing many others experience, and also because the videos have helped with my sleeping issues and anxiety.

PencilsandPancakes : My personal theory is that, biologically, asmr acts as an incentive for close interpersonal bonding. The fact that many ASMR triggers are related to personal grooming (whispering, touch, face to face interaction, personal attention) combined with the fact that ASMR creates a pleasant calm sensation seems to point to a biological urge to create intimate and trustworthy relationships within our social groups. Being primates, that trust and security in a social hierarchy would have been very beneficial in the early stages of human evolution. That’s all my completely unscientific guess, but it feels like it makes sense (to me anyway).

MononokeLynn : I have never experienced ASMR. However, it is very relaxing for me, and whisks away the stress of the day. I am selective on which users I watch due to some of the users trademarks. For instance I noticed there are some that use mouth sounds in every video, and that is a huge deterrent for me (borderline creeped out and grossed out). But I like crinkles/tapping, eastern-medicine inspired videos, and some of the popular role plays. The zen-like feel is just what I need after a long day.

MonicaSpiccianiArt Arasulè : Grazie!!!!!

SkankHunt42 : For some people ASMR is triggered by a combination of ideal environmental conditions and the correct stimuli for that person. Perhaps those people who didn't experience ASMR did not experience it because the very act of telling people to watch a video and being asked to take a survey on it changes the experience. Or perhaps the ASMR videos they watched aren't ones that would trigger them. Some ASMR people like to watch people do a certain craft or explaining things, etc. It's like saying that if you like Italian food you like all Italian food.

far cough : I'd be interested in a study of the age of people who experience ASMR. I'm quite old now and I don't, but I did experience it when I was young. Is it a stress response? Do people who get into very stressful situations experience it? Is it similar to a cat's fur going up when another cat is aggressive to it?

Jason Ostendorf : I feel unique as my most prominent trigger is through olfactory stimulation (e.g. perfumes, shampoos, etc.). I’d love to talk to you more about my triggers. I also have personal attention triggers as well as sound triggers but the most powerful trigger for me is olfactory.

Jikook Harling : My triggers are purely audio/acoustic. I don't get visual tingles and only certain sounds give me tingles, such as; scratching on fabrics/texture/objects, camera static, fan sounds, typing on keyboards, unstrained whispers (the type that sound natural), blow drying sounds, vacuuming sounds, general cleaning sounds and on very rare occasions: soft breathing. That's it. Tapping, personal attention, kisses, praises, hair brushing and styling, unecessary (sometimes exaggerated) movements, etc are very iffy for me when relaxation is concerned. Those either annoy me or give me hightened anxiety.

JJ JJJ : The most relevant theory I’ve heard came from Ludmila, my therapist: asmr resembles to the maternal affection. Even the sounds or the angle of the camera drive us back to our unconscious baby perspective. Kisses from Brazil!

Jason Pascucci : I really want to see a fMRI of someone experiencing asmr. My hypothesis is that it's going to be triggering mirror neurons and is partly caused by a response to grooming. Evolutionarily, grooming - say removing ticks and bugs - would be a thing you could get a dopamine response from having it done to you, seeing it done to someone else, and doing yourself. So, for instance, monkeys might get something like asmr when grooming. It would also be interesting to see if the frisson response itself, even outside the context of asmr, is a cause or an effect of dopamine increase.