Using ASMR videos to improve prisoner behavior may sound like a strange idea, but could it work?
The best support for this idea comes from the American Psychological Association (APA) which recently put out a press release titled, “Can nature videos help improve prisoner behavior?”
The press release is about a research study which investigated the effects of nature videos to reduce aggressive behavior among inmates.
Did it work?
Yep. 91% of the inmates felt calmer while watching the videos and 80% felt calm for several hours after watching the videos. And the most important outcome is that these inmates committed 26% fewer violent infractions which also resulted in them being less disciplined.
How was the study done?
24 inmates at a maximum security prison viewed nature videos 3-4 times per week over the course of a year. These videos included oceans, forests, rivers, aquariums, fireplaces, outer space, and clouds.
The feelings and outcomes of these 24 inmates who viewed nature videos were compared to a control group of 24 inmates who did not view the videos.
Case study interviews with some of the inmates who watched the nature videos confirmed that watching them reduced their tension and improved their sleep.
It would be very interesting to see a very similar study done with ASMR videos.
Perhaps “reducing violence” may be added someday to the growing list of the potential benefits of ASMR.
Click HERE to read the APA press release.
Click HERE to read the details of the inmate study.
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