ASMR – the basics

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) has been widely reported to relieve insomnia, anxiety, or panic attacks, despite the image that some may have of erotic whispering and virtual shampoo sessions.

Sometimes referred to as Mind Massage, ASMR uses a palette of binaural sonic-triggers – such as tapping, scratching, and whispering – to generate a sensation of tingling or goosebumps, which is commonly considered to be relaxing. As opposed to the short chill which can be experienced through music, ASMR can induce a long-lasting pleasant sensation – which probably explains why it is used by millions of people. SonicTonic uses custom 3D audio software for creating its immersive soundscapes, as well as a special stereo microphone with a head and ears 😉

To get a better idea of what ASMR is all about, here is a collection of the best ASMR videos on the web – compiled by our friends at Nestmaven.

BBC Report: ASMR As A Sleeping Aide And For Overcoming Stress And Anxiety

Content:

SMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) has an  immediate effect on the brain, which manifests itself in a tickling feeling in the brain, providing the feeling of closeness, safeness and comfort.
In this article, the author talks to two YouTubers’ Emma and Laura who have attracted millions of subscribers to their ASMR pages.

”A lot people say ASMR helped them sleep”, says Laura “After 10 minutes of watching to ASMR videos she feels her anxiety symptoms fading.

Frances McGlone, professor of neuroscience wonders why such a “mechanism which produces such a distinctive physical reaction from such a diverse range of stimuli” has not yet been researched.

Evaluation Of ASMR Triggers In Regards To Their Medical Use

Writer: Barrat, Emma L. & Davis, Nick J.
Source: Distributed under Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 by the Department of Psychology, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom

Content:
ASMR needs to be triggered by different practises (or productions) of sounds. The scientists in the UK named and prioritised these triggers, and evaluated their uses in terms of chronic pain and pain relief, mood changes and some form of meditation (as referred to with “flow-state”). Interestingly, there are different experiences of ASMR, which depends on the listening person. We chose the most effective ASMR triggers for our tonics to assure an effect for every person. The outcome of ASMR is a tinkling feeling, which produces the mentioned positive effects.

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ASMR: Does It Work Because Of – Or Despite – The Erotic Undertones? A Short Explanation And Demonstration.

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ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a phenomena that, despite being used for relaxation daily by millions of people, has been researched very little. ASMR, could be described as a sort of mind massage that is administered through the ears. It provides a pleasant sensation of goosebumps and chills caused by stereo sounds having a binaural effect, which many find pleasing.

The sounds, which can be anything from scratching, whispering and tapping, give the effect of being three-dimensional as they move from ear to ear. Live sounds are recorded with special 3-D binaural microphones whereas the electronic sounds are produced using special software.