ASMR - Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
If you haven’t heard the term “ASMR” before, listen to this story from a recent episode of This American Life now (preferably with headphones).
Unlike the woman in this story, I always thought ASMR is something everybody has. That relaxing head tingling. Goosebumps on your brain. Head orgasm. It’s been called many things. Like the woman in this story, I got it all the time while watching Bob Ross painting as a kid.
There aren’t many (any?) scientific studies about this to determine how many people experience it or what it even IS. Whenever someone tells me they haven’t felt it before, it makes me feel like I have a superpower.
There’s a ton of videos on YouTube that have to be listened to with headphones. Lots of whispering. Tons of haircut and massage roleplaying. If you can’t experience ASMR, you would think these videos are made by complete nut cases. The best ones are ones made with binaural microphones. A good example of a binaural recording is this one (eyes closed, headphones on). This shampoo one is a go-to for my ASMR.
What about you guys? I’m so curious as to how many people experience this.
“Gravity” trailer from director Alfonso Cuaron