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Old 03-27-2012, 11:35 PM
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Let's talk about ASMR!


First, the definition: ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a pleasurable tingling that begins in the scalp and may travel to other body parts. Some people refer to ASMR episodes as "head orgasms," and they always begin with a trigger. The trigger can be internal & voluntary (Type A), or external and involuntary (Type B). Type B ASMR is technically involuntary, but if you learn your triggers and deliberately expose yourself to them, it's very easy to learn how to induce it regularly. There also seem to be diminishing returns on the sensation. Once ASMR occurs, it peaks, plateaus, then decreases, and becomes difficult or impossible to trigger again until several hours later.

Some people (not experts, since this doesn't appear to be an accepted "thing" in the scientific community) have theorized that ASMR is more common among introverts, and may be an evolved response from when our primate ancestors picked bugs out of each other's fur. The latter theory was probably developed by evo-psychs, but it's still a potentially interesting justification for the sensation.

There is a huge ASMR community on youtube with people who film themselves performing common triggers, and I believe there's a reddit group for it too (not too sure how big that is, I don't do reddit). My triggers include watching videos of people getting massages, seeing people getting their hair brushed, watching people do things slowly and deliberately with their hands, and various sounds like whispering, brushing, and soft nail-tapping. Also some of the roleplaying videos trigger it, but generally only when they fall into the previous categories (like pretending to give the listener a haircut or massage).

So I'm wondering: Have you experienced this sensation? Have you heard the term ASMR before? What do you think causes it? Why doesn't wikipedia have an entry on this? It doesn't appear to be an area of scientific study for some reason, but it's apparently shared by a lot of people--there seem to be way more people with ASMR than synesthesia. But synesthesia has been studied and documented, and ASMR has not. And, if you are capable of Type B episodes (like I am), what are your known triggers?

Hugs and skittles! I think this topic will make for a fun discussion.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:07 AM
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It's an alternative experience for people who don't get laid much.
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First, the definition: ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a pleasurable tingling that begins in the scalp and may travel to other body parts. Some people refer to ASMR episodes as "head orgasms," and they always begin with a trigger....
Some people (not experts, since this doesn't appear to be an accepted "thing" in the scientific community) have theorized that ASMR is more common among introverts, and may be an evolved response from when our primate ancestors picked bugs out of each other's fur....
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It's an alternative experience for people who don't get laid much.
The literary character Anne of Green Gables frequently talked about getting thrills from nature scenes. I wonder if the author was recounting experiences with ASMR. Also, Anne doesn't get laid until, like, book 5 I think, primarily because she spends a lot of time in denial over her own romantic feelings.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:15 PM
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Nobody else wants to talk about this? =/
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:46 PM
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I've never had the experience as you describe but I watch many of the youtube videos about it, especially the whispers (there's this one Russian woman I watch particular...). In person there are some speech patterns and as you say deliberate hand movements that entrance me, but for videos the best I get is relaxation.

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:24 PM
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I had no idea there was a name for this...

I have had this feeling since I was a small girl. I *am* and introvert. The earliest time that I remember having the feeling, I was watching the children's librarian shelve books... I find that I can anticipate having the feeling when I am watching someone else who is absorbed in what they are doing, but I don't think I can trigger it. Hmmmm....

I call it the prickly warm fuzzies. :0)
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:46 PM
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So far the makeup order unboxing and the sewing box (the ones that have appealed on preview) have triggered it. My husband is watching TV so there is some distraction. I'll have to check these out when the house is quiet.

Thinking about the feeling while typing this post is triggering it.

I don't know anyone else who has it, or at least anyone who talks about it. But then again, how would you bring it up? "Hey, does your head tingle???" :0)
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:31 PM
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Introvert here, and get that sort of sensation when listening to really inspiring music (think, "Requiem for a dream", or a few things by Nightwish.) Not gentle melodies, either of them.. Hm.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:45 AM
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I was "experimenting" with this last night after the TV went off. It seems that I had used up the experience with the bits of video that I had watched 20-30 minutes previously, but I will come back to them. Possibly it was all one prolonged experience? I've never experimented before. I just enjoy it when it happens.

Senegoid, although apparently described by some as a "head orgasm," I wouldn't say it's sexual at all. It is a pleasant feeling that I would like to repeat.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:03 PM
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Whoa, there's a thread about this. Bumpity-bump-the-fuck-bump.

We're going to talk about this and you're going to like it! (Please.)

Ever since I could remember, there have always been certain sounds that just make my brain melt. People speaking over announcers, paper and leaves rustling, fingernails tapping, whispering. Some sounds I can hear on infinite loop, and they make me feel, I dunno, giddy. So one day I was bored as shit at work and searched YouTube for people whispering. Holy shit, I had no idea that not only I'm among many who searches for this kind of thing, but that there are seemingly endless channels and entire websites devoted to this. There are even more dedicated to just listening to weird sounds in general, like people unpacking boxes and shuffling through their purses. These sounds are just inexplicably soothing to me, and sometimes when I can't fall asleep, I'll cue up videos of people scratching fabric or something, and I'll melt then zone off. Love it. I am glued to the Home Shopping Network and the god of ASMR, Bob Ross. "The Joy of Painting" is the single greatest show television has ever produced, not because I like hotel lobby landscapes, but because the sound of his voice and the brushes hitting the canvas couldn't possibly be more soothing.

Here's a pretty good article for the ASMR types that'll make you go "I know, right?!" over and over.

So yes, I've heard of ASMR, have experienced it, and it seems no one knows what the hell I'm talking about. One day I ask a friend if there are any sounds -- just random shit, not necessarily anything meant to be good -- that he likes. He goes, "Like, music?" I say no, I mean seemingly innocuous sounds like muffled voices from the other room or leaf blowers, or...? He shakes his head, has no idea what I'm talking about. So I go into how much I like weird sounds like folding paper and whispering. He goes, "Is this, like, some sort of weird sexual thing?" No, ass. It's just... it's a thing. Turns out the only person I know who feels my craziness is my sister. We got into it about how much we like the sound of people typing on keyboards. She told me about how she was on hold with a customer service rep who apologized for taking so much time looking up info, but she secretly enjoyed it because the sound of the keyboard was music to her ears.

Okay, so that needed to be said. There. I said it. I can't believe nobody else here knows the joy(/weirdness?) of ASMR!
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:50 PM
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Sucks to your ASMR!

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)
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Sucks to your ASMR!

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Dammit, I wanted to be the first
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:10 PM
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I'm 45. Its only in the last year that I learned that not everybody gets "head tingles". Mine are mostly triggered by touch, someone playing with my hair, or especially using a nail or sharp pointed thing and dragging it across the bottom of my foot. I love getting pedicures because the tingles just make me feel so relaxed.

The sensation travels through my body similarly to those adrenaline jolts you get when you get a burst of fear. Its the same starting-at-the-head and moving down, but slower, and it makes me relaxed and content instead of tense like adrenaline. It comes in waves, too, that vary in intensity.

I've often wondered if the tingles come from some other hormone that's being released, maybe oxytocin or something?

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:44 PM
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I used to get these when I was being examined by the doctor when I was a little kid.

I had my first one in years just last week, when the security guy at work was talking me through the process of scanning my fingerprint into the computer system. In fact, I'm having a small one right now as i type, remembering that experience.

I theorize that it's mostly about being around an adult male who's very calm, self-assured, competent, likes me, and is paying close attention to me.

I mostly only have these when in those types of situations. Anytime someone knows more than I do about a subject at hand, likes me, and is paying attention to me, though, it has a chance of happening. usually there has to be some kind of physical movement of some kind, though, on my part or theirs.

I'm surprised other people have these, and that it has a name.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:37 PM
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When I was younger I did get autonomous sensations in my head or brain, like sheet lightning, or tingles, or most accurately intense eureka moments. It was not uncommon for me to see colors or flashes in the corner of my eyes. May have had schizophrenic tendencies or senses, along the lines of hearing voices and such.

Anyways that passed after a few years. It was troubling childhood.

Fast forward to Bob Ross and ASMR videos, and a nearly entirely different experience has come about for me. Less autonomy, and dare I say, much more healthy overall.

When I first watched ASMR videos this was the first video which triggered me. Cath1000 I believe thier name was. They seem to have closed thier account since.

Anyways, I found Hand Fixations, Foreign Accents, Tapping and Scratching, and RolePlays to be especially triggering.

This is one that comes to mind that has foreign accents and hand fixations - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b77Mv_uPfUY


They have since closed their account as well. So I am unsure exactly why so many ASMR artists are moving onto different things, but they are... Anyways, I started watching ASMR videos about 4 or 5 months ago and it's inspired me to make an ASMR website. I won't post the link just yet, as it's still in beta and this is my first contribution to the website.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:53 PM
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Nope - and I consider myself fairly savvy. Going to look this up. Do you get goose bumps when this happens? I'm not sure if I've had what is being talked about. But sometimes I will have something I think similar - that will cause goose bumps with head tingling and I try and prolong it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:36 AM
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Hey, this thread is on the front page again!

Funny that you should mention Bob Ross, MeanOldLady. I used to love sitting and watching him paint (and talk), but the only place I ever saw his show was at my grandmother's. I wonder now whether she also experienced ASMR and that's why she watched it (and taped it), but I never did ask her when she was alive. As I got older, I did talk to my mother (her mom was the Bob Ross watcher), brother, and husband about it, but they had no idea what I was talking about. My kids are in their teens, and neither one of them experiences it, either...

So it's just me watching videos of Maria and Ilse and several other ASMR video specialists in my house (and Bob, mustn't forget Bob!)... I also like the sort of videos I was talking about earlier in the thread, where the ASMR triggers are unintentional. I will get out of bed if I can't sleep due to thoughts rattling around in my brain, and will be calmed by all the soothing going on. I have fallen asleep at my computer a few times with my head resting on my hand.

DataX - the term itself is relatively new but, now that those of us that experience ASMR have found one another on the internet, we know that this is definitely a "thing." I've never noticed goosebumps, but there is a tingling that starts on the back of my scalp that almost feels like "skin crawling" but it is pleasant rather than creepy. I've posted on Skepticblog's ASMR post that I would volunteer for any kind of scientific testing into it, but I wouldn't know where to begin looking for such a thing. We need someone who experiences it who wants to study it...

Khadaji - I'm not a fan of whispering so much, either. I usually like the ones where people are toying with things that make noises like plastic paper crinkling, or dice tinkling together, or something like that. I think it is also due to the people being so attentive to what they are doing that I like. It really is hard to explain to someone else. But if they've experienced it, they go "I know exactly what you're talking about!"

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:19 AM
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I'm fascinated by the concept, but am pretty sure I have never experienced it. I can't suss out exactly what the feeling is you're describing.

I went out to youtube and checked several of the vids and not only did I not get a pleasurable sensation - I was actively annoyed by many of them. The whispering ones were particularly annoying.
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I went out to youtube and checked several of the vids and not only did I not get a pleasurable sensation - I was actively annoyed by many of them. The whispering ones were particularly annoying.
I discovered it when looking for some Zentangle vids on youtube. I wanted to shake the video person and tell her to speak up and stop rattling her box of pencils and JUST PICK ONE DAMMIT.

I don't think it's for me.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:30 AM
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Hi! I finally found this thread, too. I totally know what you guys are talking about, but my triggers might be slightly different sort of. I get it when someone whispers in my ear and I can feel their breath - or even from a dog or cat sniffing my ear. Certain singing voices can make it happen - namely Maynard's from Tool. I have no idea why! But it happens at any live singing show, concerts or musicals, where certain live singing voices hit certain notes/tones/stridency. Um. What else. Scary movies! Certain moments of suspense, or immediately after a "gotcha!" moment that makes me jump a little or startle, I get the same tingle. It starts on top of my head, goes down my spine but most noticeably the back of my neck, and there's an audible sensation in my ears. Sometimes I'll get goosebumps, too. Biting into certain foods also triggers it - particular sweets like fruits, and a certain tea I make. Huh. Maybe that's really why I make that tea. And it only happens on first taste/bite. Someone else combing or playing with my hair does it.

I never thought of it as something weird or unusual or that not everybody has it happen. I never thought about talking about it much except as a passing moment. I had started a thread a little while ago asking if certain foods give people the tingles, and it's this sensation I was really talking about but didn't realize it had a name, and somehow didn't associate it with the other things that that give me the exact same tingles. Well, it explains why I like scary movies! I totally subconsciously seek these things out.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:25 AM
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<snip> .... Someone else combing or playing with my hair does it.

I never thought of it as something weird or unusual or that not everybody has it happen. I never thought about talking about it much except as a passing moment. I had started a thread a little while ago asking if certain foods give people the tingles, and it's this sensation I was really talking about but didn't realize it had a name, and somehow didn't associate it with the other things that that give me the exact same tingles. Well, it explains why I like scary movies! I totally subconsciously seek these things out.
Oh, the hair! Yes, that too! I've never had the sensation with foods, though.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:37 AM
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Another latecomer to the party here. I think you should have titled the thread "Do you get Head Orgasms?" to elicit more responses. I just discovered today what ASMR was from this article on Slate. I've been wondering most of my adult life if anyone else experienced it, but never knew how to describe it, or if people would think I was crazy for even bringing it up. It excites me that this is a real phenomenon and I can't wait to get home and try some of the videos to see if I can trigger it.

I remember my first one vividly, as a kid playing Transformers (of all random things) with a friend of mine. There was a moment when he was talking, but not necessarily to me, and I sat there as this strange tingling took over from head to toe. I didn't move out of fear the sensation would go away. I've experienced it only a few dozen times since then and never quite as intense or long lasting. That first one probably lasted about a minute, but it's become ever shorter the older I get.

As the article eludes, at least for me, the common factor does seem to be attention from another person, but coupled with lack of interaction. A good back and forth conversation wouldn't trigger anything, but just having somone talking to me without expecting a response is the most common trigger. I think being in the dentist chair would be the perfect situation if not for all the drilling into your mouth.

I like maisoui's description of being absorbed in what someone else is doing. That's a good way of putting it. I've never gotten it from music or just noise alone. I actually got it somewhat recently from a boring business meeting that I wasn't really involved in. I should also add that I too am an off-the-chart introvert, so maybe that does have something to do with it.

So for those of you who experience it, how often does it happen, and how long does it last? Like I said, I've only had it no more than a few dozen times in my 37 years, but when it does happen it's unmistakable. I can't wait to do some more digging on the topic and watch some of the videos. I hope more people will see this thread and share their experiences once they realize what it's about.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:48 PM
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Hey, my thread got bumped (several times without me noticing ). Cool!

Joey, since finding out ASMR existed (and that I have it, of course), I've always been able to trigger my own ASMR reliably. But there are definitely diminishing returns. I only do it once every couple of weeks, now. And the longer I wait, the stronger the tingles are. I got kinda disappointed for awhile because I couldn't feel it any more, and I thought it went away forever... nah, it was just overexposure. Didn't do it for a month and it came back full-strength. So if you do get into self-triggers, don't overdo it! =)

Oh yeah, and now I have a new favorite trigger: zipping/unzipping. But it has to be the right kind of zipper, a slow, deep sound. If someone just rips a tiny high-pitched zipper back and forth, I don't feel anything. But with a slow, big, deep-sounding zipper, it's like my brain is being unzipped (lol). I have a youtube video of it bookmarked on my Kindle Fire at home, I'll have to find the link.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:12 PM
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Yes, I've had this but I always called it "tinglies". I get this fuzzy, tingly sensation that starts on the back of my neck, sweeps over my head, and sometimes down my spine into my extremities. I get it from whispers, very light touching (like somebody lightly sliding a finger on my skin -- I can't do it to myself), and unreliably from scenes and statements in movies that "resonate" with me, or art that hits certain triggers.

It's actually very, very strong in me and has been debilitating sometimes. For instance, for as long as I can remember a hard bristled broom on a hard floor (or most stereotypical "brushing" or "scouring" sounds) triggers it for me, but it triggers it so hard that it makes me seize up and shake a little bit. It's very unpleasant.

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Old 02-12-2013, 02:35 PM
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Fascinating. I had no idea that this was a thing. I would get these sorts of sensations from a young age, and I remember trying to explain them to a number of people and no one understanding what I was talking about. I never would have thought of calling it a head orgasm, and I guess that probably is about the closest sensation to it, then again, I don't really associate either as an inherently pleasant feeling.

It's also interesting that the article mentions two different types, because I experience both. For me, they've always had some sort of vague connection with spirituality or connection with other people. As in, I remember at very young ages contemplating the nature of my own existence and having a fairly intense sensation as a result, though that response has generally faded over time. Externally, it'll be triggered usually by someone doing something for me, sometimes even simple things, and especially when experiencing emotionally intense music or other forms of art.

I am an introvert, and it never occurred to me to connect those feelings to introversion as I thought it was just either a weird thing about me or something that just doesn't communicate well, so I had no pattern to go by. It does seem exceedingly weird to me to intentionally trigger them tough.
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Wow. This is utterly fascinating, the more so, because while I can think of times I've gotten the tingles, especially head tingles, I don't think it's the same thing.

I get tingles for one of two reasons - intensely good music, usually classical (think Beethoven's Ode to Joy) and getting my scalp scritched or massaged. Those will send me into a full body head-to-toe wave of tingles. However, I have a friend with Sensory Integration Disorder. Her brain sometimes has a hard time putting all the input together into a coherent experience, and it usually means that she twitches or jerks when it's overwhelming. I wonder if this will help her.
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Bump. This is the last time I'll bump this thread. I promise.*

This American Life piece on ASMR! Check out Act Two. Ira Glass in the promo said something like, "So and So's body tingles whenever she--" and I knew exactly how he was going to end that sentence. I thought to myself, "Holy shit, they're going to do a story on ASMR!" As the narrated relayed her story -- the weird way she's always liked listening to people to sift through their things, the strange fascination with The Home Shopping Network, the watching makeup tutorials because she liked the sound of the brushes, before finally stumbling upon the ASMR universe on YouTube -- made me go, "Me too!" over and over again. I swear she plagiarized my thoughts.

Good stuff.


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Heard about ASMR on This American Life...


My husband and I were listening to This American Life today and caught the piece on ASMR. We both sat in the car with our mouths open in shock. my husband reports he has experienced this as have I. We are both introverts who can act as extroverts in our jobs (he as a high school teacher, me as a therapist). I recall having this sensation throughout my 37 years. Watching people do things with their hands- making swirls in sand. Lightly running their fingernails over a surface or lightly tapping their fingertips. My husband and I both agree having our hair cut or combed can trigger it. It's like a tingly, fuzzy feeling...when really intense, it makes me feel kind of slack jawed and zoned out. I had always assumed some wires were just crossed in my head---thought maybe it was similar to synesthesia. It is so great to find this information out...hope some research gets going on what causes this to occur!
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Hey all. I am student doing a research for a paper on ASMR and I had a few questions maybe some of you can help me.

1. Is there any ASMR terminology or lingo/slang?
2. Alot of the videos I've seen have a lot of static or loud room noise. Does that help with the effect of your tingles or is it just because a lot of it is recorded and blasted really high (not professionally recorded)? If you could still hear all of the low sounds of clicks, scratching, lip smaking, etc. just without the static will it have the same effect?
3. Do people prefer longer videos?
4. Does gender matter in the videos?
5. What are things you dont like to see or hear on videos?
6. Is it a solo experience? Can you feel your tingles with others? (Not sexually of course) Just experience ASMR with others.

I hope this doesn't offend or make anyone uncomfortable. I just find ASMR to be a unique and amazing phenomena and I want to learn every aspect of it. thank you for any and all help you can give me.
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Hey all. I am student doing a research for a paper on ASMR and I had a few questions maybe some of you can help me.
I have ASMR, and recently found out that 2 of my siblings also have it. Bob Ross triggers me, certain kinds of quiet speech, certain kinds of scratching or brushing noises, and occasionally random things. Watching other people do things does not, tapping does not, and male voices (other than Bob Ross) do not. Sometimes just thinking about it triggers me, like it's doing right now.

The feeling is difficult to describe. If you've ever felt a sudden gentle breeze just barely cool enough to make you shiver blow against you bare skin, that's kinda close. It's like a little kitten that just crossed a cold linoleum floor walking slowly up and down your spine. But the feeling is all 'inside', it's not really in the skin.

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Not that I've ever found. No doctor I've ever talked to has even heard of it. As far as I know 'ASMR' itself is a made up term.

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2. Alot of the videos I've seen have a lot of static or loud room noise. Does that help with the effect of your tingles or is it just because a lot of it is recorded and blasted really high (not professionally recorded)? If you could still hear all of the low sounds of clicks, scratching, lip smaking, etc. just without the static will it have the same effect?
Static, loud noises, and interruptions all end it for me. I avoid those kinds of videos.

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Yeah. longer is better. I will often put a few videos/mp3s on repeat on my computer while I'm doing things, it can keep it going for a while.

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Like I said above, Bob Ross is the only male voice that triggers me. I prefer female voices.

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See above.

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I've never done it with other people, my brother & sister are the only other people I know who have it, but I don't see why not. I listen to this stuff at work, and have no problems with other people around.

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Nope, no problem. It should be talked about. I read an article a while back that gave a name to what I've been experiencing for a long time (I can remember being triggered in grade school listening to the teacher, had no idea what was going on, just knew I liked it). I think it was this one.

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:39 AM
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I experience this. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard, only 180 degrees opposite. Where I seem to differ is in the actual sensation. I don't get any head or neck tingles, just a pleasurable internal feeling like I'm ready to start purring. It's not subtle at all, though. If you're not sure whether you've experienced this, then you probably haven't.

Looking around on the web, it seems everybody's triggers differ, but there is enough overlap that it's clear everybody is talking about the same thing. With me it's watching or hearing people doing precise tasks; like drawing, using calculators, applying make-up etc. Chalkboards are great, and of course I've seen enough Bob Ross videos that I could probably knock out a fairly decent landscape if I ever cared enough to go buy some paint.

I get nothing from the Youtube videos - whispering, crinkling, touching and roleplaying videos just seem creepy to me, but I share enough of the other triggers that I know the effect is real for those who respond to these things.
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thank you hotflungwok. I really appreciate all the feedback please keep them coming.
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I was about to chime in, and I'll still do so, but in a way that answers tmatta's questions.

1. Is there any ASMR terminology or lingo/slang? Not that I've ever heard, beyond just trying to name it. Then again, it's not like I belong to any ASMR communities or go to any ASMR meetups or anything.
2. Alot of the videos I've seen have a lot of static or loud room noise. Does that help with the effect of your tingles or is it just because a lot of it is recorded and blasted really high (not professionally recorded)? If you could still hear all of the low sounds of clicks, scratching, lip smacking, etc. just without the static will it have the same effect? I guess I'm the weirdo here, because audio stimuli don't do anything for me at all. For me the triggers are entirely visual. The fifth bullet point from here pretty well nails it for me.
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Watching another person complete a task, often in a diligent, attentive manner - examples would be filling out a form, writing a check, going through a purse or bag, inspecting an item closely, etc.
Though the last item, "Haircuts, or other touch from another on head or back" pretty well does it too if I'm in the right mindset. For me, the videos don't do anything; it has to be more spontaneous and subconscious than what watching a video would involve. The stimulus has to come, pretty much accidentally, from real-life interaction.

3. Do people prefer longer videos? As I mentioned in the last item, the videos don't work for me, but the more "trigger," (as in, duration) the better.
4. Does gender matter in the videos? Again, talking about real life here, not videos, but no gender doesn't matter from the standpoint of watching someone perform a task. The sensation, while an extremely pleasant rush, is completely non-sexual. (Now, if we're talking about back rubs and that sort of thing--dude, what the hell?? Quit rubbing my back!)
5. What are things you don't like to see or hear on videos? If the task is intentional and the task-doer is conscious about it, then it doesn't work for me, so I can't "see" that consciousness and therefore can't really get anything from the video. As I mentioned, my triggers are visual, not auditory, but if the person's talking about what he's doing or there's other ambient noise going on, that's fine. As long as there aren't any loud noises that distract me I'm good.
6. Is it a solo experience? Can you feel your tingles with others? (Not sexually of course) Just experience ASMR with others. Solo completely. I think if I'm aware that others around me are "sharing" the ASMR experience, it's just going to weird me out and disrupt my focus.

By the way, I started a thread asking about this a dozen (or more) years ago in General Questions, but I'll be damned if I can find it. I think it might have gotten wiped out in one of the board outages. This was long before the terms ASMR or AIHO (Attention-Induced Head Orgasm) had been invented.
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Just came up with an excellent term to describe why the videos don't do anything for me. They're staged. Knowing that it's staged takes me out of the experience, and ends up annoying me more than anything.
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I'll admit that watching Bob Ross is relaxing and pleasureable to a degree, but I seemed to be totally missing the brain orgasm effect. I have no physical feelings about it at all.

I do sometimes like to work with quiet semi-random noices in the background. Like a violin or guitar practice in the next apartment over. If the musician is already good it it, it makes it much more enjoyable.

Maybe it is just a point of degree. I think I fell farther away from the crazy tree than most of the other posters.
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Thank you for the info Strainger. Much appreciated
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Well the straight dope is there are no nerve endings inside our heads and the vibrations or tingles we feel are in the surrounding muscle and bone tissue.

When we get headaches, we are feeling the same things in the outer and inner regions of our brain. That's why aspirin works so well, as it thins the blood enough allowing the thick blood building pressure easier passage through the brain.

There are excellent ASMR'tists here http://www.asrmstudio.com
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I didn't know this was a thing until I heard a story on This American Life about it. Iwouldn't call myself an introvert...shy sometimes but that's it.

My trigger tends to be people talking in normal tones but very intensely about some subject....a cooler room temperature also helps. It starts at the top of my head and kind of cascades down to the middle of my back and then dissipates.

The youtube role-plays do set off a creeper vibe, but some of them do work for me. Its not too hard to imagine whispering being a good trigger. You're straining to hear so you are more focused.

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I find the best way to describe it as the same feeling as goosebumps but only inside ur head ... like ur brain is getting goose bumps loooooove it I'd like to knowbwhy only some people get or experience this utube videos are like a drug to my brain
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I also heard about ASMR from This American Life. It's not something that I myself experience, but I find it intriguing.
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ps...you should see their large Hardon Collider, much longer than CERN's
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Yay, more bumps! I'm pleased to see that there is a wikipedia entry for ASMR now, as well.
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I also learned about this from This American Life, and I've experienced it, or something like it. Since I was a teenager, getting my hair cut puts me into kind of a hyper-sensitive trance state. There's definitely a tingling sensation that spreads outwards from the top of my head. It feels very good and very relaxing.

It seems like most people who talk about this have sound triggers. I don't. The videos don't do anything for me. So perhaps its not the same thing. But it seems related enough that I was captivated by the episode.
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I also learned about this from This American Life, and I've experienced it, or something like it. Since I was a teenager, getting my hair cut puts me into kind of a hyper-sensitive trance state. There's definitely a tingling sensation that spreads outwards from the top of my head. It feels very good and very relaxing.

It seems like most people who talk about this have sound triggers. I don't. The videos don't do anything for me. So perhaps its not the same thing. But it seems related enough that I was captivated by the episode.
It is the same thing. I have had the same barber for 20 years, so I would never be so rude as to ask him to shut up and let me get into that zone. I always want to, though.
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I used to get an ASMR when my SO kissed my ear or the back of my neck.

Unfortunately, it often seemed to trigger a migraine soon after. We don't do that much anymore
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Man, I hate people who bump zombie threads. I just want to set them on fire. But, I see this thread was posted to just a few months ago, so I hope I can be excused from self-immolation here.

In post 26, I mentioned having started a thread a very long time ago, but being unable to find it. Well, I finally did find it. Here it is (July 6, 1999. Wow.). Due to a glitch, the user names got stripped out of that thread, so you'll just have to take my word for it that I was the OP. You can see someone responding to me downthread (post 15).

The posts in that thread that I made (or at least I'm pretty sure I made) are posts number 1, 3, 9, 10, and 13. The posts not from me that really nail my personal experiences with ASMR are 11 and 15.
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I usually murder thread bumpers, but I'll let this slide. It makes me feel happier than a clam when I realize I'm not alone in something.

This guy's channel is like ASMR paradise for me. It's just some dude unboxing and reviewing products. It's kind of the best thing ever.
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I've tried videos on youtube for it and noticed next to nothing. The only thing that triggers it for me is having someone touch my hair (usually short hairs with a comb). Sometimes when I am getting haircuts I realize the pleasure I get from having someone comb and move my hair is worth the price alone even without the haircut as an added bonus. I'm such a slut.
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I don't know about this exactly, but similar to another post above, certain phrases in music, vocal or not, will bring a weird feeling and instant tears to my eyes--even if I HATE the music.

Um, and I also really, REALLY like to sneeze. Especially from sunlight. Possibly related. I figure it has something to do with triggering the parasympathetic mumble mumble...
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As the OP, I officially have no objection to zombie bumps. Anyone else can get over it.

Coincidentally, I just listened to a new youtube video by GentleWhispering (a Russian-American lady named Maria with a really soothing voice) last night after not doing anything ASMR-related for a few months. Tingles are back! It's easy to get desensitized when I try to induce it too much, so I went awhile without it and it's great again.

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