About The Founder – Dr. Richard

Information about Dr Craig Richard


  • Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences

Education and Training:

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Reproductive Sciences
  • Albany Medical College, New York
    • Ph.D., Physiology and Cell biology
  •  University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.S., Zoological Sciences

ASMR contributions:

ASMR awareness, triggers, and experiences:

  • ASMR awareness
    • Dr Richard first learned about the term “ASMR” on July 20th, 2013 when listening to the episode, “Why does ASMR give people brain orgasms?” on the podcast “Stuff mom never told you” by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin.
  • Dr Richard’s ASMR trigger memories, experiences, and preferences:
    • Being touched lightly/groomed
    • Watching Bob Ross on TV
    • Having hair washed and cut
    • Listening to his younger sister learning to read
    • Hearing specific individuals speak
    • Listening to someone whispering
    • Listening to slow crinkling or slow tapping
    • Watching unboxing videos
    • Having lymph nodes palpated by a clinician
    • Receiving an eye exam which involves clicking of lens choices
  • Dr Richard’s description of his own ASMR experience:
    • “For me, it feels very similar to the deep relaxing feeling of getting a massage.  My brain feels immediately fuzzy, my muscles become fully relaxed, and my body almost feels like it is gently humming in a deeply soothing way.  I want to put my head down and enjoy the moment with my eyes closed.  Listening to ASMR triggers often helps me to fall asleep.” 
  • Posted by his mother on Facebook:
    • “Not odd that Craig would work on this.  As a child, until about 8 years old, I would put him to sleep by gently rubbing the inside of his arm!”

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2 thoughts on “About The Founder – Dr. Richard

  1. Pingback: First published study to show brain activity during ASMR | ASMR University

  2. Thank you so much for the research you do! I’ll be tracking down your book and will enjoy reading it. My first experience with ASMR was in first grade involving a classmate and a box of crayons – I remember it vividly. I’m now 64 years old and experience the same relaxing sensations almost daily – we’re blessed because we can, and do! Thanks again…Nancy Campbell


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