Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a physical sensation characterized by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs.
Most ASMR episodes begin by an external or internal trigger, and are so divided for classification. Type A episodes are elicited by the experiencer using no external stimuli, and are typically achieved by specific thought patterns unique to the individual. Type B episodes are triggered involuntarily by an external trigger, via one or more senses, and may also involve specific thought patterns associated with the triggering event. Both types of triggers vary between individuals, but many are common to a large portion of ASMR enjoyers.
Common external triggers:
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Research efforts are currently focused on expanding our understanding of ASMR as an experience, and cataloguing the aspects of ASMR in a scientific, discrete fashion. Data compiled through our questionnaires and video trials will be used to build a complete research portfolio. Our portfolio will ultimately be the foundation of documentation used to request a full research grant and funding for a broader range of studies.
Please email Jenn Allen if you would like more information on the program, but are not applying to be a volunteer. If you are interested in participating in a study, please use the application form below.
Currently, the team is preparing to run a series of video experiments. This involves a participant watching a provided video link, and then answering a set of questions about the video, such as the below examples:
Questions are designed to better understand the participant's reactions to the video, and what thought processes the participant goes through while watching the video. Some questions will be yes/no or multiple choice, and some will allow the participant to answer in their own words.
If you would like to participate as a volunteer, you can fill out the form at the bottom and a team member will contact you with full details of the next round. You should be aware of these details:
All volunteers will be given credit on the team site and publications as a contributing member in this ground-level research effort.
NOTE: We need control participants as well! If you do not experience ASMR, but would like to help with the quality and rigor of our experiments, please apply. You will participate in the same fashion as the ASMR-experiencing volunteers, and will greatly help our efforts.
Applicants: We are currently undergoing a remodeling of the volunteer portal, so application response will be delayed. Please apply if you are interested; your application will still be held, and once the portal is ready, you'll get details on how the volunteer program works, and a response request to get your login.
Jennifer Allen - Team Organizer
Karissa Burgess - Oversight, Experimental Research & Data
Team Outreach Agents
Domagoj Bodlaj - Europe
Andrew MacMuiris - Africa
Ryan Perez - United States
Torsten Wiedemann - Australia
ALSO, Admin Extraordinaire Mary Coffee - Facebook Admin (thank you!)
You can also read more about each member's experience with ASMR, background, and interest in the team in our full profiles.
Facebook Group - Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response Group
Other ASMR sites:
Forum Threads, Accounts of ASMR
'WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD', Part 1
'WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD', Part 2
Reddit ASMR page
ASMR on Reddit, and original discussion
The Society of Sensationalists- Yahoo! Health Group
AIHO Blog - aiho.org, now defunct
The Unnamed Feeling - Original blog from Andrew MacMuiris