Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a neuroscience phenomenon in which certain cognitive, visual or audio triggers cause an individual to feel pleasurable sensations, particularly around their head and brain regions. Not much is currently known about the phenomenon and studies are widely ongoing.

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Does ASMR stand for autonomous sensory meridian response?

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Yes, ASMR does stand for autonomous sensory meridian response. It is the effect of brain tingling triggered by certain visual and sound stimuli.
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Is ASMR cool?

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This is an opinion that differs by individual. Some people enjoy ASMR as a relaxation technique. Other people are not affected by it at all.
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Does ASMR make you sleepy?

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ASMR, or Autonomous sensory meridian response, affects different people in different ways. The main effects of ASMR are head tingling. Some people feel so relaxed when experiencing this psychological phenomenon that they do feel sleepy. It depends on the individual and how sensitive they are.
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What does ASMR stand for?

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ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. Its a modern concept, still under scientific discussion, wherein a person experiences a pleasurable tingling in the head, scalp or other peripheral regions of the body in response to an external stimuli. The intensity of the response varies from person to person, hence the meridian. However, it is still a matter of debate as to the classification of this phenomenon since it is mainly a quirk.
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What are the names of Youtubers who do ASMR videos?

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A quick search of Youtube reveals that the top popular youtubers that specialise in ASMR are asmrkitten and m8keup.
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Can watching and listening to someone crinkle a wrapper cause autonomous sensory meridian response?

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Yes, watching someone gently crinkle a wrapper can trigger ASMR responses in some people. The response is triggered by listening to the crinkling while watching the hands in action.
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Where can you find ASMR videos online?

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You can find plenty of these videos on Youtube. Just simply type "ASMR" into the Youtube search box.
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How does ASMR work?

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We are still unsure how or why ASMR works. We have only just began seriously studying it, so information about it is still vague.
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What is the name of the individual who discovered autonomous sensory meridian response?

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I think it's something that has been around for a long time. But only til recently has it been recognized by the masses and given an official name of ASMR. I've been able to trigger "ASMR" on my own since I was a child but had no idea what to call it, and most, if not everyone I knew had no idea what I was talking about when I tried to explain it to them. Glad to see I'm not alone though!
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Can everyone experience autonomous sensory meridian response?

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In theory, yes. Most people will experience ASMR at least once. Sometimes without even realising it.
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How many people approximately experience autonomous sensory meridian response?

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Unfortunately there is no way to properly measure this. It is estimated however that the majority of the population on our planet will experience ASMR at least once. Sometimes without realising it.
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Why doesn't autonomous sensory meridian response work on everybody?

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Since this is still being studied, we are not yet entirely sure why. It is suggested that ASMR only works on sensitive people. So far we have discovered that ASMR and meditation are actually very similar and produce similar results. In order for meditation to work, the individual needs to be open minded, so maybe you would need to be open minded for ASMR to work too.
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Are there any ongoing studies on autonomous sensory meridian response?

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Yes, there are a few ongoing studies. It has been found that ASMR and meditation are extremely similar. ASMR is being researched as a sleep aid and as a technique for psychological sessions such as anger management and anxiety reduction.
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What are facts about autonomous sensory meridian response?

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Psychologists have only just recently began taking ASMR seriously. ASMR causes brain tingles which feel like your brain is being psychologically massaged. These brain tingles are often referred to as "Braingasms". Though they are nothing like an orgasm at all. Other effects are relaxation, calmness and sleepiness. Scientists have discovered that ASMR and meditation are extremely similar. The popularity and recognition of ASMR was spread through social networks. Mostly Youtube.
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Are autonomous sensory meridian response and meditation related?

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In a way they are. Both meditation and ASMR require the person to be open minded and in a quiet room in order to work. Both meditation and ASMR relax the individual and calm them, sometimes making them sleepy or allowing fresh ideas to pour into their heads. Psychologists studying both have found that the brain activity of people meditating and people experiencing ASMR are pretty much the same.
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Why is autonomous sensory meridian response pleasurable?

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The popular answer to this question is because of the "braingasms". The main effect of ASMR is a nice brain tingling feeling, which relaxes you, calms you down and sometimes makes you sleepy.
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Why is there a lack of scientific investigation into autonomous sensory meridian response?

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Because it is so difficult to research. ASMR is psychological rather than physical, so it is not as easy to monitor and research because we cannot see things that are psychological.
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Why don't scientists study ASMR more?

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They are trying to. ASMR is difficult to research because the effects of it are psychological rather than physical.
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When was the ASMR event 'Hug What if your Brain Day' first held?

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The first Hug Your Brain Day event was held on April 24th 2010. The event encouraged and allowed people to try ASMR triggers. Soon after the event, ASMR grabbed the attention of scientists who now study it actively.
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How did awareness of ASMR spread?

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Awareness of ASMR has mostly spread through the use of social networking online. The most popular platform for ASMR experiences seems to be Youtube. There are also occasionally events related to ASMR, such as "National Hug Your Brain Day.
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Is autonomous sensory meridian response psychological or neurological?

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It is both. ASMR is an experimental psychology, which means it is a neuroscience.
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What are the names of Youtubers who do autonomous sensory meridian response videos?

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When researched on Youtube and Google we found two of the most popular ASMR Youtubers. They are asmrkitten and m8keup.
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Why does whispering cause an autonomous sensory meridian response for some people?

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Soft whispering is a trigger for ASMR because it is relaxing to listen to. It has to be soft, gentle whispering to work.
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What feelings does ASMR cause?

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ASMR is known to cause several feelings in the body. The common ones are brain tingling, relaxation, calmness and sleepiness.
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When was ASMR discovered?

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We are not sure exactly. The effects of ASMR have been known for centuries. However it is only very recently in this 21st century that it has been named and properly studied.