I've known something was going on with me but I didn't know it had a definition--or a following.
Now I have something new to learn about...
27th May, 2013 @ 11:12 p.m. (California Time)
Cheers Mark - one of us! One of us! You're in for a treat, this is highly addictive. :)
28th May, 2013 @ 1:54 a.m. (California Time)
I believe (never having spoken to anyone about it) that this is a universal reaction to many of these stimuli is it not?
28th May, 2013 @ 2:16 a.m. (California Time)
Intriguing - I can make it about 5 secs into each video before wanting to scream and break stuff - not sure what that means!
28th May, 2013 @ 2:20 a.m. (California Time)
Maybe a SLIGHT tingling at the top-back of my head/scalp watching 5 minutes 23 seconds-worth of ASMRrequest, but nothing to make me need to investigate further - though I do find the idea/subject intriguing.
Personally, I found all the womens' voices too --- whispy/whispery(?) --- and Professor Clemmens -- well, I only got 37 seconds into that one.
I wonder if there's any correlation between ASMR and Synaesthesia (seeing sounds as colours)? Pity I don't seem to have either...
28th May, 2013 @ 2:48 a.m. (California Time)
Didn't know there were other people out there like myself who experience this. The strongest stimulus in the past for me has been someone making very slow "tasting" noises close to my ear., say four or five inches away. The videos also produce the effect, but not as strongly. It is pleasurable, but not something I've ever sought out over the years.
28th May, 2013 @ 2:58 a.m. (California Time)
OMG. I had know idea other people had the same experience. Foreign telly marketers hit the spot every time.
28th May, 2013 @ 3:21 a.m. (California Time)
I´ve never been very fond of white noise, gentle tapping and so on, kind of annoys me, and to be honest, i thought "ehh.. great... what will they think of next?" ... at first... but then, in the Professor Clemmons video (don´t know if this counts), when he leans into the left side of the camera, like he´s whispering into your ear, i got this goosebumps, and tingly feeling in my lower back, it was crazy weird... felt good and little uncomfortable at the same time... dont´know if that counts, but i´ll definitely look into this, like you said, it varies what people experience.
Btw... ASMRrequests' Sci-Fi Space Travel Role Play is a very cool video!
28th May, 2013 @ 3:29 a.m. (California Time)
I loved this article you did. I never thought this is a type of "science".
I think this is normal and it makes us human, this is emotions in their purist form, some are just not so strongly "connected" to them but they are there.
To the ASMRtists, keep it up guys you are awesome...
28th May, 2013 @ 3:58 a.m. (California Time)
This article is just awesome. I knew about this before and I experience ASMR very often for various reasons but it never occurred to me that videos could be made especially for ASMR. Thank you for opening the new world of these audio/video for me :).
28th May, 2013 @ 4:02 a.m. (California Time)
Sounds related to SI:
Good book about it:
Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight by Sharon Heller
28th May, 2013 @ 4:28 a.m. (California Time)
Wow.. I absolutely do know what you were talking about! It never occurred to me that one could intentionally create such a state though.. For me it was always either human voices, or trips to the hair "stylist" (rare for me back then as I used to have extremely long hair ;-), and it's happened a lot less as I've gotten older.. in fact since entering my mid 50s it's rare anymore. This may back up the hypothesis you mentioned that it was a throwback to parental attention or perhaps also stone-age grooming sessions..
I just don't know if I could sit through a towel folding session, though..
28th May, 2013 @ 4:59 a.m. (California Time)
This might be the basis of therapy for some folks. MSR?
Any trance effects for me vanish at the first "Umm" or other glitch, but I'm not generally suceptible.
28th May, 2013 @ 5:36 a.m. (California Time)
The space travel agent had me completely taken in. I even felt a tinge of disappointment when I realized that the experience wasn't real..!!!
I even took off my glasses for her...!!!??
All the other videos left me cold.
Thank you for this introduction to ASMR, Loz.
28th May, 2013 @ 8:23 a.m. (California Time)
I'm so incredibly grateful you took the time to write this article. Thanks!!
28th May, 2013 @ 9:43 a.m. (California Time)
I noticed this around the age of five, when the response was stronger than it is today, at 62. I often find myself on "YouTube Saturdays," watching video tutorials, unboxings and other close up manipulating of things that are narrated. I find myself watching all of their videos - listening as they go along, sitting all day at the computer. I found the videos above to be too contrived, and being gay, the whiny women didn't do a thing. I do have a number of favorites who are women, but the boop, boop a'doop voices made me want to run. Marilyn Monroe pulled it off to my satisfaction - these examples just cheap immitations like bad porn. Professor Clemmens was just creepy, slow; the tapping annoying. So, as with fetishes (which is where I've previously catagorized these stimuli), we've all got our own. Doctors' appointments, and the barber have been there since I was a small child.
28th May, 2013 @ 9:50 a.m. (California Time)
Huh...I never really thought about it, I had just always assumed everyone reacted the same way from time to time, but I definitely know what you are talking about. The first time I remember was in elementary school, when a girl in my class was talking to me. There have been people with accents that are just telling me about their day, or something going on, and I have to try so hard to not look like an idiot, drooling myself and staring :P
28th May, 2013 @ 9:56 a.m. (California Time)
It never occurred to me that other people don't experience this.
Going to my hairstylist is the best. Especially when she uses the scissors that do not cut all the hair, just thins it out and helps shapes it. She works them very fast so the sound and the tactile input as it gently pulls the hair on my head create the tingles. Lol, my scalp is tingling just writing about it.
I've always thought it was the energy fields of both people (myself and the other person) interacting that caused that. Since we all have energy fields I just expected that everyone experienced their interaction.
I didn't expect much from the videos, based on my theory of the energy fields interacting, and have slow internet so have only watched portions of the first two videos. To my surprise the cranial nerve exam got the tingles going. Not as strongly as if we were in person, I suspect, but enough.
Thanks for writing a great article and letting me know that, while I'm more alone than I would have expected, I'm not as all alone as that.
28th May, 2013 @ 10:43 a.m. (California Time)
Strange, I assumed everyone experienced this. No? Guess not. In the interest of science I want to share one that haunts me to this day. Age mid-thirties. Visiting a couple I did not know with several other people. We were sitting in the living room just chit-chatting. The lady of the house came up behind me and touched a spot about halfway between my right shoulder and neck with the very tip of a finger nail. A most delicious sensation flooded my entire body like an electrical current. I could hardly breath.
28th May, 2013 @ 11:15 a.m. (California Time)
Interesting discovery! I think I have versions of this :) I didn't realize there was a name/concept for it AND a growing community. Haircuts have always been this way for me and I can kinda get some of the sensations from these videos and all the soothing sounds involved. But last year I randomly discovered a youtube video as I was searching for body awareness meditations just to explore and relax on my own. www.youtube.com/watch?v=80V7vpjT7Ic This one really does it for me! …Especially in conjunction with it being a relaxing meditation. Something about this womans' accent and gentle way has kept me returning to participate in this periodically. It makes my head and body sensate in tingles and brain/body-gasms! Great to fall asleep to as well!
28th May, 2013 @ 11:17 a.m. (California Time)
did nothing for me, glad im not mentally special
28th May, 2013 @ 11:19 a.m. (California Time)
The female voices don't do it at all for me... Professor Clemmon on the other hand I find completely fascinating and inmediately hypnotic.
The storyline of ASMRrequests' video is amazing, as is the video itself. I don't find it at all stimulating or relaxing, I just find the whole video great!
I wonder if it does have to do with gender or sexuality... I am a 32y/o gay male... Just found TheLyricalWhispers, a young british accented man which I found far more captivating than the girls.
Samuel Holden Bramah
28th May, 2013 @ 11:28 a.m. (California Time)
I've noticed my reaction to some ASMR stimuli, but most of these actors sound canned and false. I didn't respond at all to most of it. The only one who sounded real and gave me any stimulation was the cranial nerve exam vid. The lip sounds were too bright there, though. Keep researching this, please! I'm an acid rock fan and jazz aficionado, but Whitney Houston's "Giving you the best that I got" buzzes my scalp and sends shivers down my spine for some reason. Ditto some of Sade's songs.
28th May, 2013 @ 11:49 a.m. (California Time)
Yes, I experienced the tingling, a sense of having entered a different "state" of mind. The only one I've tried so far is the "spacey" one. Did it happen because she was a pretty girl with a pretty voice? Who knows. But it was a nice trip. I'll probably go again!
28th May, 2013 @ 12:04 p.m. (California Time)
This must connect to childhood memories. Anyway, as an adult I find people who whisper when they don't need to, to be insincere and therefore sinister. I get the tingling, but only for an instant before my suspicion-meter goes off.
28th May, 2013 @ 12:25 p.m. (California Time)
Whispering, people touching my face/ hair/ scalp, and white noises will give me tingles down my spine, but I absolutely loathe mouth noises and certain crinkles so the effect doesnt last long.
28th May, 2013 @ 12:31 p.m. (California Time)
I get that feeling any time a girl runs her fingers through my hair. I become a docile lamb. Likely it's an evolutionary response/reward for grooming practices, but it does feel good to induce it.
Ever taken ecstasy? It makes everything on Earth produce this effect, just FYI. I wouldn't condone taking any drug, but it is one of those things that anyone that has done it would fully understand. I wouldn't be surprised if the drug community is huge into this.
28th May, 2013 @ 12:35 p.m. (California Time)
Thank you for writing this article, I am impressed and very happy with the number of commenters you are reaching already with this article who it seems have asmr, or the unnamed feeling, as some may have been explaining it themselves up until this point and are just finding out its been given a name by others thanks to you.
I have experienced ASMR since I can remember and became a part of the asmr artist community a bit over a year ago and I can tell you both prove to be incredibly rewarding experiences everyday. I feel very lucky. Great job, Loz, love all the artists featured, as well.
28th May, 2013 @ 12:59 p.m. (California Time)
Nothing except for "Professor Clemmons", same comments as Manes, gets a little uncomfortable with the whispering.
It's the crackling sound that get me.
28th May, 2013 @ 1:05 p.m. (California Time)
Only time this has happened to me is whan an old girlfriend (Barb, where ARE you?!?!) was singing softly in my ear. But then.... I also fall asleep with a fan on, blowing softly on my face. The sound/airflow work wonders (tho no tingling) at putting me to sleep.
28th May, 2013 @ 2:47 p.m. (California Time)
I didn't get anything out of any of that but I really enjoyed the foxy space travel lady. I love redheads!!! Very sexy.
28th May, 2013 @ 3:12 p.m. (California Time)
The sound of chopsticks clacking together has always intrigued me.
Librarian Lady vid #1 is fantastic and made me giggle like an idiot.
When professor Clemmons leaned into the mic I freaked out and snatched the buds out of my ears.
28th May, 2013 @ 4:52 p.m. (California Time)
have the tingling with ASMR & can trance out when in isolated state with soft music etc
Plus I have mild Aspergers if this helps anyone.
28th May, 2013 @ 6:10 p.m. (California Time)
Known about this for years - since I was a very small child. Combined with TM it can be a formidable mode of thinking. I have also associated it with kundalini. And many other things too wild and woolly to discuss here. I remember reading a story about Einstein watching his maid knead dough to make bread. The writer insinuated that it was sexual. Wrong - as soon as I read it I knew why he was doing it... I have recently acquired an Emotiv headset and other things and intend to do some research on this. Both to find out why, and also just to experience it more.
It's funny - if I ever told people about this they treat me as if I were barmy... and I may well be, but I never cared what they thought about me. I was the one experiencing the sensations - and they were beautiful.
28th May, 2013 @ 6:19 p.m. (California Time)
Very little from any of the proposed videos, maybe because my expectations were to high from reading all the replies first?
Maybe a little from some of the crackling in Professor Clemmons and some of the higher end sounds in Sci fi Travel.
Then again, as others have said, I found the female voices to be fake and annoying, where in real life, I have had some fantastic experiences. Female Irish voices (one especially, shame her only tingle was a poker machine), have been know to really draw me in, as did a certain physiotherapist, and when she touched the back of the neck or a light touch to the shoulder, wow.
But I wonder if this was more to do with a sexual experience, in most of the Irish voices and physio occasions, I was also physically attracted.
One thing that always gives me a ting-asim, and I do not often read; Is the touch from the pages of an old and not recently touched/used book. For some reason I always get a tingle right up the back of the neck, followed by a full body shiver driven tingle down the spine. An amazing feeling.
28th May, 2013 @ 6:34 p.m. (California Time)
I feel like it must feel when you stumble across a coven of fellow travelers from the planet Zargosz, and you thought you were the only Zargoszian here on earth.
I first encountered this feeling when I would get my hair cut, when I was maybe eight. (I'll be 64 next month, so that was a long time ago.) Since then I've discovered that I get it mostly when someone's paying me personal attention. I've learned to relax into it to prolong it, almost like the way you tune your mind to produce alpha waves. It's a very mild addiction -- I don't go around looking for it, I enjoy it while it's happening, I try to keep it going, but I don't get any strong feeling of disappointment when it fades away.
I haven't checked out any of the videos yet, it would be interesting if they work, but I don't think I'll be let down too badly if they don't.
...and I can quit any time! :)
I had no idea that anyone else ever had this experience. When I read the bullet point in the story above about haircuts commonly bringing it on, it just about knocked me over.
28th May, 2013 @ 6:37 p.m. (California Time)
The female voices were unbelievably annoying. The man voice was marginally better. This is a big turn off.
But what gives me tingling sensation is music !! Tangerine Dream, Daft Punk, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd, Supreme being of leisure, Art of Noise, The Crystal Method and many others.
A good golf shot, a good volleyball spike. Being on a mountain top works for me too.
But the most intense tingling sensation I ever had was playing a PC game: Ultima Underworld (1980 something version). I could hear a beast (?) coming towards me with chain souds, raking sounds and muffled grunts. That was almost too much. I couldn't concentrate on the game.
I guess I'm an edrenaline junkie (I don't indulge in extreme sports though). ASMR seems like the complete opposite.
To each his own ;-)
28th May, 2013 @ 6:49 p.m. (California Time)
I get this all the time, since childhood. Whispering never works and the videos did not work for me. Usually it's a particular persons voice, like some telemarketers that I will keep on the phone for as long as possible. The reaction also occurs when someone is looking at something I own, like a book or something, The effect is much more intense and relaxing than words can describe.
28th May, 2013 @ 7:26 p.m. (California Time)
These videos prove there is no accounting for taste. To me, they were all amateurish, untrained. There are voices I like; none of these were them.
28th May, 2013 @ 8:09 p.m. (California Time)
Awesome! I thought it was just some kind of fetishism... I suppose it might still be defined like this to many. I heard a reading of Hakim Bey of Poetic Terrorism around 2am one morning on community radio and my brain went nuts. That was the first time I recorded something that did it from audio and I played it repeatedly for years. Blade Runner soundtrack would also make me buzz to a lesser degree. Also experienced a powerful strange euphoria from letting bath water go cold while still in it reading a book, however that has been clinically studied.
Asmraurette is fantastic isn't she? and as for EphemeralRift he sends me into uncontrolled hysterics.
28th May, 2013 @ 9:05 p.m. (California Time)
Tamara Cartwright-Loebl "Intriguing - I can make it about 5 secs into each video before wanting to scream and break stuff - not sure what that means!"
There is an opposite effect called misophonia. I experience both sensations so I am especially picky when it comes to ASMR videos, namely because both share many triggers.
These are my two favourite links about misophonia
This one is about the intensity of the reaction (I have ony hit a 6-7 once or twice)
This one is about the triggers.
28th May, 2013 @ 9:41 p.m. (California Time)
I am glad to see your article! Several years back when working at a large Home improvement place - i had this experience with a random customer. IT WAS bizarre! I had no idea why I wanted this person to continue talking about problems with their kitchen sink. Like several of the other commenters - the persons voice was giving me the same sensation as a hair cut!
29th May, 2013 @ 6:11 a.m. (California Time)
I first experienced this when I was young at our drop in centre .. one of the leaders talked us through a great relaxing experience.
I felt none of this with the above videos...I felt the girls were losing their voices more than providing some soothing tones...did not work at all..more annoying.
The body awareness meditation was the only one to what I experienced when I was younger
Having experienced yoga...there was one instructor that stood out with her calming voice and approach ... the other both my partner and I felt too abrasive to have a great yoga experience.
29th May, 2013 @ 7:32 a.m. (California Time)
So nice to see this quantified. The 2 or 3 people I've told about this in my 64 years had no idea what I was talking about. Soft voices in various accents does it for me--an intensely pleasurable tingling in my forehead that I don't want to end. I've had great luck with YouTube vids of Kofi Annan especially (indeed many Africans speaking English), and U.S. southerners Jimmy Carter, Lindsay Graham and Robert Gibbs (even though I agree with none of their politics). Also sometimes TV or online art instructors (though NOT Bob Ross for some reason--his voice annoys me very much, maybe because his mic was always turned up so much I could hear the saliva in his mouth--perhaps an example of misophobia). Currently I enjoy listening to the Chinese painting instructor Henry Li--his YouTube channel is Blue Heron Arts. Also seeing these instructors stroke a painting with a brush works, which reminds me of the old Fugs lyric, "Whenever I see a piano leg touching the floor I get horny.")
29th May, 2013 @ 7:42 a.m. (California Time)
Just reading this article induces a bit of ASMR in me...
Does anybody get ASMR from those "how to paint" shows on TV? Perhaps that is the underlying appeal of these shows. Especially "The Joy of Painting" with the late Bob Ross.
29th May, 2013 @ 8:09 a.m. (California Time)
Ok I just about came unglued with the booking a spaceflight video. The others left me tingling also. Mostly up and down my spine
29th May, 2013 @ 8:28 a.m. (California Time)
Vid 1 - Nothing gave up after a few min
Vid 2 - Nothing gave up after a few min
Vid 3 - I think it started to give me headache gave up after a few min (Skepticism growing)
Vid 4 - Tried forcing it -- connected with something --sort of like the mental equivalent of grounding an electric wire. Tingles down my neck, euphoric head feeling. Heart rate/BP apparently unaffected.
If this is what you refer to I have been able to summon this feeling at will as far as I can remember, but the video amplified it. So much so I threw the headphones off at under 2 min. 15 min later I am still a bit disturbed by it. It was very strong.
I need to read more on this before I continue.
Question: I assumed this came forth as a passive involuntary result of the queues, but that did not work. Is this a passive meditation thing or a more active mental engagement? I can't rule out what I experienced is not ASMR but the biproduct of the suggestion and desire to explore it.
29th May, 2013 @ 11:13 a.m. (California Time)
I am going to guess that pretty much all of you are easier than average
You should remember that and be careful what you allow
to mesmerize you.
There have always been those who use such things (drugs,pornography,music)
to take advantage of those who are easily tranced-out.
I am especially referring to the corporate/political/military psyops realm.
Billions and billions of $ have been invested in the pursuit of dominion over the sub-conscious realms.
29th May, 2013 @ 11:32 a.m. (California Time)
why do you think it's called "programming"?
To clarify the dollars that I say have been spent,
Madison Avenue is ALL about
making you buy things that you don't even want...
getting you to vote for people that you don't even like...
This goes for all the other national media advertising centers,
If that isn't mind control,
How much have they spent on their studies
move onto the military and political realms,
including the Nazis,the Russians,the Chinese,etc.
The Pentagon admits MK-Ultra...
what else is there?
Don't be paranoid but don't be blind,
29th May, 2013 @ 11:39 a.m. (California Time)
This is very interesting indeed.
dsiple, I've experienced "that feeling" from Marilyn singing "I wanna be loved by you," but since that does have "boop boop a doop" maybe that is not the one you mean? Marilyn also hits it on her "Happy Birthday Mr. President" recording. In that number, the seductive quality is not hidden; nevertheless I agree that the sensation we are discussing is not in and of itself sexual. There was a DJ in the 1960's who went by "Dick Summer" (no implications in the name) whose voice regularly gave me some of that feeling. So did Jean Shepherd's voice on his radio program, as did Susan Stamberg's on NPR. Bob Perkins announcing jazz tunes on WRTI in Philadelphia made me feel that way too.
29th May, 2013 @ 1:10 p.m. (California Time)
it's used in ads , I could remember (of course I can) a few that made the hairs stand up on my arms . special noises , special waveforms , special harmonies . I found several engine types and build styles that make me happy , feel the tingling . these hardwares "sing" to me , I feel every part moving and working - and feel any problems way ahead of and visual and audible let alone measurable problem
29th May, 2013 @ 3:18 p.m. (California Time)
I'll be checking the vids right away, but before that I have to point any interested readers to The Monroe Institute.
They've created some technology called Hemi-Sync that works with distinct audio feeds to each ear (the "use headphones" prompt rang a bell here -no pun intended) and they produce lots more thematic "tapes" than the ASMR community probably has to offer. Some of their titles can touch some rather... weird (scary?)... topics.
I've been using their stuff (intermittently) for the last 2-3 years and most of it (that I remember) works marvellously.
Just a pointer for any interested souls out there...
29th May, 2013 @ 4:28 p.m. (California Time)
Hmm. I wonder if this is some variant on synesthesia?
29th May, 2013 @ 4:45 p.m. (California Time)
Great article and trial selections from youtube. Happy to know there's a bona fide name for this cool sensation. It reminds me of the old trick we used to do as kids, which I revived for my granddaughters. The "crack an egg over the head" trick. It's fun to watch them bliss out as the pretend egg gets cracked open and runs down the back of their head. :)) I really enjoyed the "book store" girl - very effective for some "tingles", and the "space-ride" lady worked as well. Somebody ought to patent that, eh?
29th May, 2013 @ 5:39 p.m. (California Time)
I haven't watched the videos yet, but I believe I have ASMR going on... however, it is the OPPOSITE. There are sounds that complete ENRAGE me. There are sounds in songs that make me want punch someone. It is so completely jarring that if I am at someone's house and they start to play music that has one of the sounds in it I suddenly flip out and demand they turn it off. It is the same with a rhythmic tapping sound. If it is CONSTANT (tap tap tap tap) then it makes me feel totally crazy. If it is intermittent (tap tap ....... tap ....... tap tap.... tap tap... tap) then I am totally fine. One of the sounds that does just put me to sleep, is sadly, listening to a radio broadcast of a Red Sox game. I find this totally annoying, because, I WANT to be keeping up with the game! (Red Sox fan, yo!)
Knowing that there might be other sounds that I find soothing kind of makes up for the 'I want to stab people' feeling that certain sounds invoke (and no, I have never stabbed anyone, and don't intend to except perhaps in self-defense). One of my friends listens to LOTS of that kind of music and he now calls it 'stabby music'. sigh
Good to know I am not alone, and grateful that so far nobody else seems to have this really bad reaction that I do.
29th May, 2013 @ 6:36 p.m. (California Time)
Not to be reductive or even facetious but my susceptibility has been markedly increased by the stronger 'recreationals' - the ones with acronyms containing the letters d, s m, l and a.
Beyond that I must admit to a quiet infatuation with crisp soft soothing female voices I can still remember goosebumbs
The fitter was good but not close the girls too breathy
And Grifin may have a point
29th May, 2013 @ 6:52 p.m. (California Time)
If you like this, you MUST watch the movie "Beyond the Black Rainbow". it is basically 2 hours of this plus awesome synth music
29th May, 2013 @ 8:06 p.m. (California Time)
Interesting, but what does it for me is music. I've often had the hair raising/tingling/mind melting scenario when listening to music. (It often spurs me into "I need to listen to this on repeat while I draw") But those situations are never 'relaxing'. They pump me up. I get that sensation and it's like it kicks me into high gear. I guess the sensation feels so good I just have to go out and DO something.
The other videos on here made me sleepy and relaxed. (Though it IS early morning). But what really did it for me was the last video "Space Travel Agent". When she's talking it's relaxing, but the first 35 seconds of the video is what really kicked it for me because of the music/sound effects. (I admit I didn't watch it all the way through. After those first 35 seconds the rest were more like "awww but I liked that other feeling")
30th May, 2013 @ 6:34 a.m. (California Time)
I think the way these videos work is that they lull you into a feeling of security and relaxation - but personally I never got a feeling of security from any of them. In fact when each one came on, my little dog went ballistic in a frenzy of barking, calling out the alert! Not many videos make her do that, usually it has to have a dog or animal (excellent example, "Cody the Screaming Dog" makes my dog freak out the same ha ha).
Nevertheless as a class of video, I think they are absolutely terrific. I liked OneLillium and her "test bunny" video, that one was pure, ecstatic fantasy. You'd have to have a pretty hard heart not to be thrilled by that.
Even still - because I have no knowledge of OneLillium - I couldn't muster up any feeling of security watching it. But it was thrilling.
2nd June, 2013 @ 7:04 p.m. (California Time)
Whether real or imagined, it did cause a tingling in the center of my forehead (maybe lower center just above the eyebrow ridge), which I've felt before, but I found it irritating.
Ironically, the first time I felt it was when someone was putting something very close to my forehead when I was around 7 or 8 years old, but never touching me. I've tried to duplicate that feeling all my life (I'm 46 now), even though I find it irritating and almost unbearably ticklish, with some, but few moments of success.
I didn't watch any video for long, so the feeling didn't get intense, but while it always piques my curiosity, I can't say that I find it relaxing. That may be my combination ADD/OCD, or something entirely different. I don't know.
3rd June, 2013 @ 3:14 p.m. (California Time)
Video 1 and video 4 caused an intense tingling sensation in my neck and head, and I started giggling uncontrollably. I felt relaxed and content. This after just a few minutes into each. Haha! Unbelievable that this actually works. Thanks for the tip.
3rd June, 2013 @ 10:31 p.m. (California Time)
Funny... I seem to have the opposite reaction to many of these types of noises.
In fact, I'm pretty sure that I have "misophonia"... as someone smacking their lips, tapping their fingers, etc can drive me friggin bonkers! These videos are like hell for me! :-O
www.misophonia.com has more info
4th June, 2013 @ 1:04 p.m. (California Time)
other than that hair tingly device, the only time I feel this sensation is when I am drawing and someone else is watching me, paying attention to every line I draw. I love it so much I don't want them to stop watching!
9th June, 2013 @ 7:12 a.m. (California Time)
The glug-glug-glug sound of liquid pouring into glass, changing pitch, and fizzing, drives me up the wall in 2 seconds. The intensity of the sensation frightens me.
10th June, 2013 @ 1:41 p.m. (California Time)
I love crinkly sounds, hearing people read, soft spoken tones and elegant presentations.
But most of my audience prefers roleplays and touching camera with hands or brushes like this one. I'll never understand why :)
12th June, 2013 @ 12:39 p.m. (California Time)
this is amazing, there are other people like me :-)
Check this out...
I could watch that kind of videos all day long.
Watching people doing their crafts is putting me in a trance like state.
And I thought i'm a little bit weird ;-)
13th June, 2013 @ 3:21 a.m. (California Time)
I am posting this message because I suspect that a certain feeling I get occasionally is what you are all talking about but I am not sure because it is a bit different from what I have read here and the triggering mechanism, still a mystery to me, does not seem to fall into any of the categories described here. I have tried describing what I feel to my wife and close friends yet none of them seem to know what I am talking about. Trying to describe it is very hard because words dont seem to do it justice. Also let me state that I am not a religious person but as an amateur astronomer who observes the skies at night I do feel that we have to believe that something bigger and more awesome exists in the universe and if the word God must be used then so be it.
Being an engineer and a bit of a scientific person I used to consider that the sensations I felt could be explained by chemistry in the brain but even that explanation is difficult if not impossible to prove.
I will try to describe it here and would like to know if any of you have similar experiences.
Some days usually after waking up in the morning and unrelated to any external stimulis I get a feeling of goodness. It´s as if everything everywhere was perfectly correct and right. When it begins it comes into the back part of me head and begins increasing causing sensations of pure bliss radiating down my neck. When I used to get it at younger ages I just felt it and enjoyed it but lately, at 67 years old, I have found a way to feed the sensation making it last a bit longer and be more intense. I say, sometimes out loud but most of the time in my mind, "thank you" and the sensation increases a bit longer. I have even said ¨thank you God¨" on occasions and felt the increased strength. This is a sensation which only lasts 10 or 15 seconds but it is very powerful and usually so overwhelming that it brings tears to my eyes and I have to sit down.
Has anyone felt this sensation under these conditions in the group? Am I talking about the same thing?
Certain musical groups and singers can create somewhat similar emotion in me and can last for the whole song or album. It is also very strong and pleasurable however the emotion described above does not seem to be triggered by anything external to my body like music.
Best Regards To All
14th June, 2013 @ 7:03 p.m. (California Time)
This is great! I've had this sensation ever since I can remember, and seemingly random things would set it off. Recently it's been the window washers at my place of work. The instant I hear that sound I get the tingles and I pretend I'm reading at the computer while I listen to it and watch them out of the corner of my eye. Crazy!
I had it again last night while I was listening to one of my roommates play the guitar, and this morning I finally decided to do a Google search; lo and behold, other people have experienced the same thing. I love the Internet sometimes. So far I've only tried the "cranial nerve exam" one, but it definitely worked; I felt it to varying degrees, but it was certainly there. I can't wait to find more videos! Honestly, I was kind of hoping I'd stumble upon a secret society of mind-readers or something, but this is almost as good.
And to those of you who are curious but aren't sure if you're experiencing it; sadly I think you may not be able to. I knew right away just from watching a few minutes of one video. It's a very familiar feeling, and it is in no way sexual. It is also quite different and separate from the feeling I get when I hear music I really like.
23rd June, 2013 @ 1:13 p.m. (California Time)
I noticed that audio could effect me in drastic ways after discovering recordings that were designed to help me sleep better. After watching one, the next morning was like waking up to a new me. Anyways, they say there are no nerves in the brain to send a tingling sensation anywhere, and a headache is felt through the muscles and bones that surround the brain. The artists that have stumbled across this phenomenon are really good at the tingles, and quite frankly, they've changed my life for the better. I like the videos here http://www.asmrstudio.com/ Oh, and science has a name for those incapable of feeling any sensations. Anesthesia. Medications, and poor diet might be a reason why some don't feel them. I found Omega 3's or more fish oil in my diet helped a lot with my sensitivity. Hope that helps.
23rd June, 2013 @ 11:09 p.m. (California Time)
This is pretty weird... I don't seem to be experiencing any physical sensations, but I find the spoken presentations to be deeply fascinating...much moreso than the content deserves. I've never been hypnotized and until now I would have said I'd be a lousy candidate for hypnosis...maybe I'm wrong about that. That space travel agent...wow. [and I don't mean that she's pretty cute]. After a minute of that, I could hardly look away...
The coo-ing voice tones...something a mother might use with her baby? Do babies get fixated on it...or is there something in the maternal instinct that brings these voice tones out? Definitely worth looking into what's going on here...
28th June, 2013 @ 10:18 a.m. (California Time)
I just learned the name of this response (phenomenon?) yesterday, but I've felt it for as long as I can remember. I always knew there'd be others who felt it, and that it was only a matter of time before it would have a name.
The irony of all this is the way I learned about ASMR. Yesterday, I was chatting at a party with a friend, describing a young-adult manuscript I wrote called 30 Decibels. It's speculative fiction about a dystopian society where only some people can talk and the majority must whisper. The friend then mentioned she'd just learned about ASMR and that people make whispery videos to trigger it. I guess it's also ironic that 30dB is making its way around Hollywood studios, producer attached, looking to be developed for the screen – audio and all!
Thanks so much for posting this, Loz!
5th July, 2013 @ 3:11 p.m. (California Time)
For those who are hard to trigger or just looking for something a bit different, give this video a try. It's a soft-spoken tutorial on how to make chain mail.
6th July, 2013 @ 1:53 p.m. (California Time)
I just came across this term on YouTube as I found a video of somebody eating ramen.
Total eye opener! I'm super thrilled to find out that this is "a thing"! :)
The videos you suggested did very little for me. The whispering just puts me very much off. Except for the Professor Clemmons where I did experience some triggers, but not enough to keep me around.
Probably the biggest trigger I've experienced regularly through my life, is when somebody calmly eats a really crisp apple close by. If I have the opportunity to just sit back and listen to it, the combination of the biting and chewing sounds sends me into that almost trance like state of comfort, relaxation and experience of pleasure.
Chewing other foods or typing on a keyboard for a longer period of time also seems to do the trick for me.
Great article! Thanks! :)
28th July, 2013 @ 4:11 p.m. (California Time)
Google brought me here. I too have experienced this my entire life, always thought I was just odd. Very interested in discovering more about this capability I have. Amazing!
30th July, 2013 @ 5:04 p.m. (California Time)
I can't believe how much this community has grown. I wandered into it when they were all just known as whisper videos several years ago. There were only a handful of them out there. My first favorite was Sundewdew but I don't believe she's around any longer. I was away from the community for a year or two and when I came back it looked like it had exploded. I can't believe how many "whisperers" there are out there now. I remember in the early days of the community people were trying to figure out what it was that we were feeling or where it came from. Of course, the popularity of it has brought about some strange people, too, who use it for....unsavory purposes, I suppose, but to each their own, I guess.
2nd August, 2013 @ 3:49 a.m. (California Time)
The folding towel vid made me sleepy. I had to take a nap right then. The ones with the tapping make me alert and focused. I used to tap my pencil in school when I was reading or studying and would get called down for it by the teacher. When Prof. Clemmens leans in to whisper in your ear that produced a tingle.
I have to say that Irish and Scot accents whether male or female snag my attention. I have loved for years listening to Fiona host NPR's Thistle and Shamrock.
Personally I prefer a rich alto voice to a whisper voice in a female. I used to thrill to the Uncola Man with his Jamaican accent and bottom of the well voice. I LOVE the digiridu, but I have to be careful not to jack the sound too high because then it switches from being pleasurable to wanting to smash it.
I've got to tell you about Bob Ross though. My daughter was in the recovery room just after major surgery. She was about 6 years old. She was in a lot of pain and they were slowly stepping up the doses of morphine every 15 minutes till they found the dose that would take care of the pain and not over drug her. So they have a TV on PBS and Bob Ross comes on and starts painting his "happy little trees," and his
"happy little fences". She fell asleep to the sound of his voice and stayed asleep for the whole show! One minute after it was over and the sounds of the TV had gone onto less restful stuff, she was awake and in pain again. It took 4 more increases of morphine to get her back to the state where she could rest again! I believe that for the people that respond to this stimuli that a great deal of non-drug pain therapy could be accomplished with this.
I find these responses fascinating. Some things (like tapping) made me alert and in in a state of increased ability to remember information. Others like the white noise sound of the towel folding (they have a deep white sound in that vid too) make me want to sleep. Must remember this when I have insomnia. My brother would have trouble sleeping as a baby and my mom and dad would put us in the car and drive around the block and the engine sounds would put him to sleep. I am thrilled to find out that there are others out there that "get" this stuff even if they may not have the same triggers as I do.
5th August, 2013 @ 8:33 p.m. (California Time)
Asmraurette's "Cranial Nerve Examination" and ASMRrequests' "Sci-Fi Space Travel Role Play" definitely had an effect on me (particularly the retinal scan of the latter)...I'm now realizing that this "examination sensation" is similar to how I've felt when visiting my eye doctor, and they position the phoropter in front of my face (touching the bridge of the nose). The sound of the doctor's voice close by, the clicking of the device as different lenses were rotated into place and adjusted (and no doubt the world coming into sharper focus) all produced that tingly, cozy feeling very similar to the "exam process" of these two videos. Definitely intrigued (and happy) that I'm able to enjoy these things - I just never realized that it was a topic of collective experience and discussion! Many thanks for your insightful article, and help in my realization...
7th August, 2013 @ 1:11 p.m. (California Time)
Dude, you have hot the bullz eye!
I do get get the feeling after watching some videos. One of such is video is this one where Amy Walker teaches american accents-www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc2Y7xxkp5s
Most of her videos have similar feel.
Remarkably, I can produce the feeling without the help of any audiovisual aids. Here's how!
I ractice the Buddhist Vipassana Meditation since my childhood. I can produce the so called "ASMR" by doing the meditation for some time. I can also produce it with active meditation. My dad is a mediator and he taught me meditation since my childhood. I used to get the same feeling when he used to give direction while in meditation. Now I don't need his directions and do meditation myself and can produce the same feeling.
This phenomenon and how to produce it might already be described in a Buddhist, Hindu or similar texts. Someone has to study and interpret it.
21st August, 2013 @ 3:44 p.m. (California Time)
Didn´t feel anything at all, had given up all hope! Ok, my brain is boring. Crap. But i thought that i had to give the last one a chance! Then I heard those futuristic computersounds, and they did something and if the woman hadn´t been talkin i think I might have a chance to experience this too.
Maybe it didn´t work because i get stressed out by other people in general? And those mouthsounds, it HURTS my brain, it´s like someone stings my brain with very very small knifes when i hear that kind of sounds.
Cool stuffs! I think you who can experience this is our future telepathic cyberwarriors! Evolution, not something from our roots! :)
21st August, 2013 @ 4:35 p.m. (California Time)
I first experienced it when I heard Alan Rickman's voice. Listening to him read Shakespeare's sonnet 130: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuNjDWdmRro
26th August, 2013 @ 12:54 a.m. (California Time)
This is amazing- I had no idea there was a community of people obsessed with this, or that it has a name. The first time I ever felt this sensation was when I watched/listened to Bob Ross paint. It was hypnotizing- a feeling like someone using their fingers to pretend "crack" an egg on my head, only this feeling spreads invisible fingers of bliss straight through the center of my body.
Another amazing person:
29th August, 2013 @ 6:52 a.m. (California Time)
I wasn't sure what to expect when I clicked on the video for "ASMRrequests' Sci-Fi Space Travel Role Play", but after watching it for only a couple minutes, I noticed a tingly feeling in my extremities, and as the couple of minutes turned into about five I could feel goosebumps breaking out on my arms and legs. I honestly hadn't been expecting anything to happen, as I skipped the other videos linked and went straight to the Space Travel video...but was kinda shocked and amazed when the tingles started.
I am wondering what will happen when I try one of the other videos now. How crazy is this? I read someone's comment above about their parents sticking them in the car and driving around to make them sleepy...to this day, if I am not driving, I am lulled into a trance-like state in the passenger's seat, or passed out in the back seat. The only time I have felt these sensations while someone is touching me, is if my tummy is very lightly stroked or my hair is being played with, and with the hair, it's only in certain spots that it triggers tingles and goosebumps. I am so intrigued by this, I've gotta watch more of these videos and see if they all cause similar responses.
And interesting side note, my boyfriend's dad often has trouble sleeping, and has found that watching the show "Ancient Aliens" always ends up putting him to sleep...he says the narrator's voice just lulls him to sleep and he had no real explanation as to why, because the subject matter is very interesting to him. I'll have to tell him what's going on too, maybe that can help him find other ways to fall asleep. Thanks for posting this, it's provided a wealth of information (as I suffer from insomnia as well!)!
8th September, 2013 @ 9:51 a.m. (California Time)
I have been trying to find audio that will trigger this response as I have experienced it all my life only with certain voices male or female and there is nothing sexual about it but braingasm is an apt word to describe the sensation I had just given up searching through meditation audios when I stumbled upon this article and i'm so pleased to find it has a name and that I'm not alone! All of the female voices in your piece triggered my asmr its a heavenly sensation for those of us lucky enough to experience it and requires no concentration if you are in doubt as to whether you've felt it or not I would say then you probably haven't you do feel tingles all around your brain and into the centre where it is most intense and makes me feel like going limp very trancey :-) thanks for enlightening me.
14th October, 2013 @ 11:07 a.m. (California Time)
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2nd November, 2013 @ 5:33 p.m. (California Time)
Me too,I thought I was the only one.I 1st noticed this in primary school when I'd go into a trance like state when the teacher or mum would read me a story book,I once tranced out on a train when a lady across from me started reading to her child to calm him down.Sadly it only worked on me lol.I get it alot so much can trigger it.I can invoke it if I go brain dead.But I can't seem to do it if I want to go to bed early or if I've had alcohol bummer :) Glad to be part of the special few.
2nd November, 2013 @ 8:41 p.m. (California Time)
Wow, I guess like many others who have posted, I thought I was the only one, or at least I wondered. I've never spoken about it to anyone because how do you describe and phrase the question appropriately? Soft spoken people just put me in a daze and every muscle in my body relaxes. I have found certain celebrity interview videos that have just that effect. The statement about becoming desensitized after repeatedly listening to the same audio is very accurate, the videos I watched don't give me that same relaxation like they used to so I felt like a weirdo constantly searching for videos on youtube to get that feeling. That's when I stumbled upon the types of videos as shown above and I found that there's a name to describe this feeling; I'm both surprised and very relieved. I hope more people speaking out will spark some research on the subject; it's very interesting that not all people experience this.
12th November, 2013 @ 3:45 p.m. (California Time)
As much as I believe early childhood may have a great deal of impact on us, i.e.: the mother's voice, it is proven that sounds at differing levels can have tremendous impact on us. For example: The Schumann Resonances are electromagnetic waves that exist in the space between the surface of the Earth and the Ionosphere - 7.83, 14.3, 20.8, 27.3 and 33.8 Hz. They are said to be the heartbeat of mother earth.
When a person's brain waves resonate with 7.83 Hz, it has been shown in scientific studies to be an essential requirement for physical and psychological health. Laboratory research has also shown that exposing living cells to the Schumann Resonance had the effect of increasing their immune protection.
Many experts believe that the wide range of artificial Electro magnetic frequencies we are surrounded by every day, (including electrical appliances, wifi and mobile phones), masks the natural beneficial frequency of the Earth. This can cause us to feel more stressed, fatigued and 'out of balance.' Therefore by 'tuning' in to 7.83 Hz we get back to a state of resonance or attunement with the planet's own magnetic frequency and experience the benefits which include enhanced reading/learning, rejuvenation, balance and grounding.
Though I am not saying resonances at that level compare to the ones stated in your article, all animals respond to auditory stimuli so I am thinking the effects referred to in your article are sounds at a level that engenders a sense of satisfaction.
23rd November, 2013 @ 11:38 p.m. (California Time)
Know the feeling...
the angelic voice of Angie Dickinson does the trick for me ;)
27th November, 2013 @ 2:35 p.m. (California Time)
I've had this experience randomly since childhood. I always associated it with reading certain things. For example, I can recall getting this sensation when reading a Publisher's Clearing House mailer as a kid. The instructions in this mailer were earnest and bland and detailed and there were all these stickers and things to do and constantly being told you might be a winner and all. There was just something about it that made the back of my head tingle, but it was more than that really, that's just the part I could describe. Some instruction manuals have had this effect on me too, but most don't. I could never put my finger on what quality made a bit of writing a trigger except that it had to be matter-of-fact and detailed. Although I have often thought it'd be great to be able to intentionally find triggers, it seemed hopelessly random. The feeling I get at the hair stylist seemed different, more ordinary, less intense. I've never noticed any auditory triggers before but some of these videos seem to at least achieve the barber level of tingle. Thanks for writing the article about an unusual phenomena.
8th December, 2013 @ 1:01 a.m. (California Time)
I find the ASMR videos in stereo - switching the whispering from ear to ear - ridiculously relaxing/tingilating...yes I made that last word up!
19th December, 2013 @ 6:27 p.m. (California Time)
ASMR stuff doesn't work for me at all. On the contrary, it actually causes me some pain. I heard about it so I decided to go and watch a Youtube video labelled ASMR. I watched it with my eyes open, and it just seemed like an ordinary video. I then tried closing my eyes, and thats when the pain started. It felt like the feeling when someone runs their fingernails on a chalkboard. My eyelids felt like opening and squeezing shut at the same time, my head hurt all around, and I just wanted to close my ears. Guess it sucks that I miss out on it, though. For those that it does work for it sounds really nice.
20th December, 2013 @ 12:56 a.m. (California Time)
My experiences are much the same as Indigo's — anti-ASMR! The ASMR sights/sounds HUUUUUURRRRT!
Are Indigo and I mutants?
For what it's worth, I have Asperger's syndrome amd wonder if there's a correlation between this and anti-ASMR. If Indigo and other ASMR-repulsed people are reading this — also, if researchers are reading this — it would be good to see if there's a correlation between Asperger's and having problems with ASMR.
24th December, 2013 @ 10:16 a.m. (California Time)
It still is not absolutely clear to me that what I think is ASMR is actually the same thing that everyone is talking about. I first felt it around 12 years of age when a barber was cutting my hair. It seems to happen most when someone is doing something for me, especially if the closeness is greater than usual, but closeness is not a necessary condition. I suppose I'll call it ASMR for lask of anything better for now, anyway.
The first 3 vids really did little for me. In fact, I was a bit annoyed that I couldn't hear all that was said with the depth that I like (Besides hearing the actual words, I usually have the volume a bit higher because I want to hear everything - the puffs, hisses, gulps, mumbles, and so on that I use to further interpret the emotional state of the speaker and to flesh out the meaning of what they are saying by adding emotional tone. It sometimes annoys others, but a brief intake of air can change the meaning of what I hear utterly, let me know if they are lying, and if they are, whether it is a white lie or meant as deception, how they feel about the lie, and whether they regret having to utter it. I honestly believe that I can hear that, though people usually just say that I must be deaf to have it that loud. I have good hearing.) Besides that, the high pitch of their voices was grating to listen to.
But the other 2 vids did give me a bit of a taste of the barber chair, so I'm beginning to think we are talking about the same thing. This is really the first I have ever heard about others having this feeling. It is really liberating to know that there are others who understand - I have never mentioned this to anyone in my life before.
5th January, 2014 @ 1:05 p.m. (California Time)
Oh my god this is wonderful. I always found it weird when a coworker's voice would nearly put me in a coma (and I'd keep wanting her to walk by my desk just so she would talk!), and my sister always thought it was so creepy when I would go to sleep listening to videos of someone whispering at me. I could never adequately explain that feeling- I started describing it by saying it feels like getting a massage...but through my ears. Only that didn't really do it justice. I love that I can explain it better now!
8th January, 2014 @ 10:38 p.m. (California Time)
Thank you. I, like soo many people sharing here also had my first similarly super delicious, crazy confusing moments with it starting around six. I stored them away waiting for the time an explaination would be found. Well we're not quite there yet but we are at a point when a growing group are sharing their gift with others - making videos on YouTube of what they know will make soo many people feel oh so good. What a wonderful growing connection. This is not similar to si and Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight - these are HSPs who process information intensly and are easliy overstimulated. Luckly there's only a couple of super despressed and despressing people. Griffin, so sad. Yes it's sad you haven't experienced it yet which sucks but it's hardly that outside the box. The truth is you actually have experienced it as well just on the super low, practically nonexsistant end of the spectrum. It is just a spectrum like everything else. There's a couple doctors who share the belief that it may be an evolutionary trait. That could make these abilities not only awesome to experience but super important.
4th February, 2014 @ 6:12 a.m. (California Time)
I thought everyone felt it. I have some YouTube videos I watch everyday...or when I am bored. Rain in the background of someone talking. Sounds stupid but might watch same one 20 times.
11th February, 2014 @ 3:04 p.m. (California Time)
Wow, didn't know what this was before I saw this article. I use to get into trouble in school as a child because I would just sit at my desk and crinkle paper till I tranced out. I would snap out of it when my teacher would interrupt my crinkling. I will have to read more about ASMR. Loved the towel folding.
25th February, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m. (California Time)
I agree with Indigo and Kate, for me too these videos were a bit painful, and I couldn't watch for more than a few seconds each. To me the pain is only very mildly physical, it's more on the psychological side: for some reason, the fact that there's somebody whispering in my ears, making small noises feels wrong, a place where you're not supposed to go, you know? It feels like it's related with something from the very early childhood, and for some reason the idea that someone would try to replicate aspects of the living experience you have a very small child seems disturbing to me. I don't know why, but it feels like it's a way to experience reality you should be done with by age 6. It just feels creepy that adults would submerge themselves voluntarily to this kind of flux. I don't even know where this feeling comes from, I just find the idea revolting on some deep, obscure level, can't really explain...
Nick Arthur Swanson
4th March, 2014 @ 2:19 p.m. (California Time)
Wow! I never knew this was a "thing". I always thought I was just strange, because no one I've spoken too could ever relate. All of those videos gave me great relaxation and head-to-toe tingles. For me, a naturally anxious and tense person, those types of moments are invaluable! Btw, I always found that a silly little public access show that featured exercise routines for the elderly, was for this.
16th April, 2014 @ 6:53 p.m. (California Time)
Just stumbled on this without having ever heard of this thing before. I tried watching some of the videos but had to stop, it seems I'm more like Indigo and Kate above in finding the soft whispering and all a bit offputting, if not "creepy". Actually, it does feel a bit creepy to me.
The freaky professor video, ouch, that one I couldn't even go beyond a few seconds, it makes me think of horror movies, or something like a poor man's David Lynch, definitely not as intriguing!
Also, I don't know if this is relevant but as a woman, watching and listening to those women in the videos with their veeeeery soft whispering voices, saying things like "you're beautiful" and "you're nice" and emulating the gesture of touching the viewer on the face and such, ah, I don't know what it is, it just feels wrong in a million ways. NB This is not a criticism just my own personal reaction.
THAT said, the "Departure - Space Travel" video, now that was interesting, and very soothing and relaxing, as well as weird. The "actress" if we can call her that made a bit more of an effort for sure! But is it really something new or peculiar to itself? It looks like hypnosis, some form of hypnosis.
Maybe it's just that I can't really connect to this kind of videos that deliberately attempt to induce the reaction that's described in the article. I've had something like a similar reaction to real-life experiences, like at a hair salon, getting my hair washed and cut and styled, tell me anyone who doesn't enjoy that (when it's done properly and nicely). Somehow even at the dentist's, even for complex procedures, it's maybe not such a clearcut tingling sensation but definitely a special kind of relaxing in its own category. I think it's the combination of being tended to and trust, the fact of being in the hands of someone taking care of your health. But I guess that's very common (maybe not at the dentist's). Eye examinations, same thing, with the added bonus you need to focus your eyesight and attention so it's sort of a "mindfulness" exercise in itself.
It'd be interesting to see proper scientific studies done on this. Anyway, thanks for explaining this so well in the article, you made it clear even for people who've never heard of this. It's fascinating.
25th April, 2014 @ 2:10 a.m. (California Time)
I am so glad I am not the only person that gets this feeling. I used to say I would pay someone to type on a keyboard or write on a chalkboard to relax me and now I don't have to with these videos. I always watched Bob Ross on Sunday afternoons and fall asleep and now I know why! I love white noise. I love what I call "floaty music" like Pink Floyd. I am not a drug user, glad though because I could really see me letting that overtake my life. I tend to like videos where the person is really doing something, like the shoeshine video, Bob Ross...I like the keyboarding ones where it looks like they are just typing a real paper, not just randomly hitting keys. My favorite thing is watching people look for something in paperwork, or books, as they use their finger to search, flip pages, unfortunately I am usually at a job and cannot go full comatose mode. I also do not want to admit to that person that they just made me feel incredibly relaxed and sleepy! I do love seeing my husband flip through a magazine or newspaper though so I just need to record him doing that??
15th May, 2014 @ 7:20 a.m. (California Time)
I stumbled across this while searching for something more tactile, however, it explains a lot. I had a girlfriend years ago who had the sexiest, sultry voice ... talking with her was the most arousing thing as she spoke with so softly and sensually. God, it worked for me!!! As soft as her voice was it penetrated every pore of my body. I love people whispering in my ear, face and head massages, certain sounds that give me this braingasm. Sometime ago, I saw a therapist to help me deal with stress. During our sessions she would get me to close my eyes while she talked gently about a relaxing scenario, namely the beach, where she would get me to time my breathing with her description of waves coming in and going out. She recorded one of these so I could use it at home or wherever. It was felt so good listening to her dulcet voice. I love massage as well for the tactile stimulation it gives. On occasion i've had masseuses who will talk very quietly in the massage. That coupled with the touch gives me incredible sensations through my body and brain. Amazing stuff! :)
6th June, 2014 @ 2:42 p.m. (California Time)
Ahhh...! You're the first person I've seen who pointed out that you can seem to build a temporary immunity to ASMR.
A video that has me buzzing intensely will be rendered completely useless after about ten-fifteen minutes (which is totally unfortunate, as I'd spend my entire life rocking that tingly amazingness if I could!)
Page turning is big for me, and weirdly it seems connected to my concept of possession. if it's MY book, the ASMR sensation is much stronger. As a kid, a classmate marking up my math test with a pen in elementary school would set off the most intense ASMR imaginable.
Leading me to believe for years that I was batshit crazy.
16th June, 2014 @ 1:29 p.m. (California Time)
I just recently came across ASMR and am fascinated. Of the five senses that we have 4 of them reside in our head, attached to the Vagus nerve. The sense of touch is the only one that is all over our bodies. These senses allow us to experience the world we live in and our brain makes judgements through them. The first one I listened to, was Maria and I wondered how much of the visual experience overlaps the sounds. I certainly got brain tingles (some down to my lumbar spine) but could easily identify sexual triggers. I decided to listen to another one with eyes closed. I listened to one that was 40 ASMR triggers and found that whispering, air blowing, a vibrating phone sound and certain tones in bell chiming would give me the tingly sensation. I also found the two guys talking about fitting a suit quite stimulating! I listened to the Sci-fi space travel one and enjoyed that ok. When she did the close up sound across the forehead that sounded to me like a heartbeat and swallowing sound I about flipped out of my body! (wonder what that sound was? and could it be a kick back from being in the womb?)
I lost my sense of smell two years ago (to a virus- anosmia) and have felt like I am not my whole self and am not experiencing the 5 D world. (as I like to call it- 5 dimensional for the 5 senses :) ) I get sad sometimes when people call a smell out and I cannot smell it. I can remember that I liked that smell. (or not)
It is amazing how strong our sense of hearing and sight is. And how much I expected the touch to happen any minute with some of the role play. The anticipation of touch sometimes gives me the tingles. :) I will keep researching and learning about this as it is incredibly fascinating!
21st June, 2014 @ 5:07 p.m. (California Time)
I just posted a 7-minute video that demonstrates how I enjoy a state of elevated bliss via lightly touching the face. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpVqhRJul_E
4th August, 2014 @ 11:57 a.m. (California Time)
I get that feeling with some music for instance the trumpet playing in a Hazel Oconnor song "will you" or the duet from the pearl fishers,even "another cup of coffee" by Mike and the mechanics does it for me and I can sit and play some tracks time after time.
I recorded the trumpet part of "will you" several times and made it into a 7 minute song many years ago and still listen to it although now its via the PC rather than cassette :-)
15th August, 2014 @ 1:34 a.m. (California Time)
Not sure about ASMR, but the closest i got to what you describe what ASMR does are in videos where they don't actually whisper. But they use a certain tone of voice. Like the interrogation scene in the matrix. Or for that matter that Lewin video.
21st December, 2014 @ 12:45 p.m. (California Time)
Wow I totally get this. Surprised at how many others do. What surprised me most was the deliberate videos that I expected to be dorky, and not work until the hair on my head stood up - OMG - a whole new exciting hobby to take up!
28th January, 2015 @ 9:57 a.m. (California Time)
There might be something to this with some serial criminals. They get some amazing pleasurable sensation from their activity and they want to repeat that.
30th January, 2015 @ 11:26 p.m. (California Time)
Have you checked out "Massage ASMR" yet ? Im a bit of an audio snob and his sound production makes it hard to listen to anything else afterwards. He does role plays, but he has a lot of straight to the point videos as well.
6th February, 2015 @ 2:34 p.m. (California Time)
I thought this was fascinating in the same way one is fascinated by things so strange one has difficulty figuring out how to process it. Even though I was actually irritated by it, I still watched for far longer than I thought I would.
11th March, 2015 @ 5:42 p.m. (California Time)
I've experienced this for sooooo much of my life, never knew it was a real thing, just thought i was weird sometimes lol but this explains my sensitivity to certain sounds, especially voices or the sounds of cars driving by puts me into a trance haha! thanks for this
1st April, 2015 @ 3:35 p.m. (California Time)
Gah! I can feel something, but it's just a niggling sensation that there should be something more. Guess this is a pleasure that I'll never experience. On the flip-side, I get really strong frisson, so I guess that makes up for it a little.
5th May, 2015 @ 3:50 a.m. (California Time)
Ok, I knew at least my sister had a similar experiences, but until today I didn't know there was a name for it. The videos were not very strong for me but i watched 2 other videos before and apparently I experienced temporary resistance. Seems for me, the best trigger from the first video was the nail sounds.
1st June, 2015 @ 12:47 p.m. (California Time)
I'm 59, female, diagnosed with misophonia which began as teenager and has been the bane of my existence. These videos are fabulously relaxing to me. I love them! Note: I've noticed that when certain misophonia 'trigger' sounds are made by someone loving, peaceful and gentle, the opposite occurs, wonderful relaxation which puts me in a soothing trance but before you shared these videos these experiences had been far and few between. Not anymore! Who would've thought that 5 minutes of listening to a woman folding towels would be equivalent to an hour of meditation! THANKS!!
7th September, 2015 @ 4:57 a.m. (California Time)
I find ASMR to be very interesting. Many people don't know that not only can they get ASMR from having their hair played with, but they can also get it from watching and listening. I found a video on youtube that uses sensitive microphones to pick up the sounds. It's relaxing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIGdt-Swpqk&list=PLN8_gg2u5AmrcTUzWjETALbWme8vx9Ops&index=1
13th October, 2015 @ 2:45 p.m. (California Time)
For me, the strongest triggers for ASMR responses are often found in literature (of every genre, type, and class), where a wise wordsmith is able to pen pleasing phrases and expressions, that communicate comfort, peace, and foment ethereal sensations in the psyche.
Advertising and technical instructions are a common source of ASMR, and I have a strange habit of scrapbooking the instructional manuals that are issued with various tools, appliances, and other items that I purchase. I especially enjoy the "Engrish" manuals written by non-native English speakers. The eccentricity and originality of the phrasing always provides the unique and unexpected highlights of language that I seek.
One of the best non-literary sources of ASMR, are avant garde documentary films. The most exemplary example I can recall is a documentary called "Manufactured Landscapes", which depicts detailed scenes of mass industry and manufacturing in mainland China. There is a superb scene of a Chinese assembly worker, proudly demonstrating how quickly and perfectly she can assemble a TSM model circuit breaker. The intricate plastic parts and tightened springs, falling perfectly into place, with the calming sounds of machinery working in the background, is a very stimulating moment in the film. There are many more such stimulating scenes in the film, and it is an eye-opening and informative documentary. The pride and precision that the assembly worker shows, toward such a seemingly simple task, is an example to those of us who are expert craftspeople.
Exercises of grammar and syntax in educational textbooks, which I happily received when I was a schoolboy, were another great source of ASMR. I can still remember a pristine passage of text which I was asked to correctly punctuate, which described a boy, coming home from school, and his mother gently cleansing his young face with a cool, damp cloth, then serving him a carefully prepared, nutritious meal. This type of intimate, tactile subject matter is apt to create the exquisite tingling sensations, and the ambient aura of imminent sleep that I earnestly appreciate.
Literary excellence transcends the exchange of ideas, symbols, and meanings, and touches the sensory receptors of the human body and mind. Reading superlative literature can be an experience as tactile and stimulating as any other, as rewarding to the body as a thorough deep tissue massage, or luxurious hot bath.
For writers who wish to give the gift of ASMR, I would point to the value of vivid, carefully crafted consonance, astute alliteration, and the artful use of choiceworthy phrasing. These are the ideal means to inspire the ethereal sensation of ASMR in grateful readers like myself. The ability to capture this rare sensation has always been an inspiration for me to perfect and polish my use of language, both in written and spoken mediums. The beautiful phrases that dwell in the hidden chambers of our language, coupled with the delicate turning of crisp pages, and the subtle and artful curvatures of printed fonts, sometimes make it difficult to finish a complete chapter without falling soundly asleep.
The most beautiful jewel in the crown of human ability is our ability to reach out with a gentle caress-- beyond the limitations of time and space-- to preserve, within the pages of our collective experience, a generous gift to fellow pilgrims on the parallel paths that the universe has presented before us. I hope that what I have written here may become like foolscap, placed within a colourful bottle, and set adrift on the oceanic current. If I can inspire one other sentient being to feel truly at peace, even for a fleeting moment, that will be every bit as satisfying as if I had known and loved them my entire life. Such a legacy would be greater than any monolithic monument erected in my honour, or lofty words of praise, comprising a well-read obituary, in a popular periodical.
5th December, 2015 @ 12:51 p.m. (California Time)
I DON'T GET IT, i have ASMR but its not pleasant at all as this describes it ;-; my ASMR "activates" when i hear Velcro being ripped apart or even just when i see Velcro on a screen or in real life. What i don't get is how instead of a good feeling I get the most uncomfortable feeeling ever in the back and front of my brain. The feeling is sooo bad that i despise Velcro and when i get these feelings off of hearing or seeing Velcro i cover my fave as if i'm having a killer headache... infact just thinking about Velcro while typing this is tickling my brain and making me uncomfortable. :(
16th December, 2015 @ 5:39 p.m. (California Time)
JamesRose - that... That was amazing. Never even thought of language itself but you demonstrated it beautifully!
16th December, 2015 @ 8:46 p.m. (California Time)