ASMR Research & Data

*Published ASMR research* (peer-reviewed data)

Heightened sensory sensitivity predicts the presence and intensity of ASMR
2022 (Jan, e-pub), Journal of Research in Personality
Giulia L. Poerio(1), Safiyya Mank(2), Thomas J. Hostler(3)
(1) University of Essex, UK
(2) University of Manchester, UK
(3) Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

An approach for assessing arousal characteristics of ASMR using electroencephalographic power
2021 9th International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)

Two Studies of ASMR: The Relationship between ASMR and Music-Induced Frisson
2018 (Fall), Empirical Musicology Review
Alexsandra Kovacevich, David Huron
Ohio State University, USA

***The First 10 Peer-Reviewed Published Studies on ASMR***

(#10) An fMRI investigation of the neural correlates underlying the ASMR
2018 (Sept), BioImpacts
Bryson Lochte (1), Sean Guillory (1), Craig Richard (2), William Kelley (1)
(1) Dartmouth College, NH, USA
(2) Shenandoah University, VA, USA

(#9) Expectancy effects in the ASMR (& commentary article)
2018 (Aug), PeerJ
Daniella Cash, Laura Heisick, Megan Papesh
Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, USA

(#8) Mindfulness and ASMR
2018 (Aug), PeerJ
Beverley Fredborg (1), Jim Clark (2), Stephen Smith(2).
(1) Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
(2) University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

(#7) Increased misophonia in self-reported ASMR
2018 (Aug), PeerJ
Agnieszka Janik McErlean (1)(2), Michael Banissy (2)
(1) Bath Spa University, UK
(2) University of London, UK

(#6) More than a feeling: ASMR is characterized by reliable changes in affect and physiology
2018 (June), PLOS ONE
Giulia Lara Poerio(1), Emma Blakey(1), Thomas Hostler(2), and Theresa Veltri(1)
(1) University of Sheffield, UK
(2) Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

(#5) Sensory determinants of the ASMR: understanding the triggers
2017 (Oct), PeerJ
Emma Barratt (1), Charles Spence (2), Nick Davis (3)
(1) Seaham, Sunderland, UK
(2) Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK
(3) Department of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

(#4) Assessing individual variation in personality and empathy traits in self-Reported ASMR
2017 (March), Multisensory Research
Agnieszka Janik McErlean (1), Michael Banissy (2)
(1) Department of Psychology, James Cook University, Singapore
(2) Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths University of London, UK

(#3) An Examination of Personality Traits Associated with ASMR
2017 (Feb), Frontiers in Psychology
Beverley Fredborg, Jim Clark, Stephen Smith
Department of Psychology, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

(#2) An examination of the default mode network in individuals with ASMR
2016 (May), Social Neuroscience
Stephen Smith, Beverley Fredborg, Jennifer Kornelsen
University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

(#1) ASMR: A flow-like mental state
2015 (March), PeerJ
Emma Barratt, Nick Davis
Swansea University, Swansea, UK

*Ongoing ASMR projects* (data shared publicly)

ASMR polls: data about ASMR
2014 – present, website polls
Dr Craig Richard
ASMR University (

Voices of ASMR: testimonials and perspectives about ASMR
2014 – present, website testimonials
Dr Craig Richard
ASMR University (

*Unpublished ASMR research* (results shared publicly) 

ASMR as a Marketing Tool (data on pgs 97-104)
2022, Master’s Degree thesis
Elisa Masiero
Salesian Pontifical University, Italy

ASMR General Survey [Results]
Original Reddit post
2021 Reddit Survey by, ‘CicadaVirus’
Data downloaded from public Reddit post

ASMR, Anxiety, and Pain
2021, PhD thesis pilot data
Josephine Flockton
University of York, England

ASMR Boyfriends, Gender, and Sexuality
2020, MSc Thesis (English summary)
Anchi Wong
The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

ASMR and Mood
2020, Undergraduate Student/Bachelor Thesis
Georgina Terzza
University of Lincoln, England

ASMR vs Progressive Muscle Relaxation
2019, Undergraduate Student/Bachelor Thesis
Denisa Vondruskova
Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

ASMR and Skin Conductance
2019, Graduate Student/Masters Thesis
Damiana Conti
University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

ASMR and Gender
2019, High School AP Research Project
Lucas Simone
Willow Glen High School, San Jose, California, US

Interest and Preferences for ASMR Spas
2019, Data collected for a business idea
Amanda Rose Doherty, Account manager
Barcelona, Spain

ASMR and Consent
2019, Data collected for an article
Abby Lee Hood, Freelance writer
MTV News

ASMR and Student Studying
2018, Undergraduate Capstone project
Pa Chee Yang
University of Wisconsin-Stout, U.S.

Effect of ASMR on Service User Experience
2018, Graduate student dissertation
Vladimir Fedoseev
Varna University of Management in Varna, Bulgaria

A study of scratching sounds within ASMR in a neutral sound environment
2018, Undergraduate research project
Anders Köhler
University of Skövde, Sweden

An investigation into the interconnected nature of aesthetics, sensory perception and sensory phenomena
2018, Undergraduate dissertation
Andrew Smith
The University of Dundee, Scotland

Synthetic Triggers – A study in animated graphics ASMR
2018, Undergraduate research project
Marcus Nystrand
Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm, Sweden

Effect of ASMR videos on the heart rates of Highly Sensitive Persons
2018, Master’s Thesis
Melina Delanghe
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

ASMR Videos: An Exploratory Analysis of Communication and Sales Potential for Companies
2018, Graduate Master’s Thesis
Veronica Pastore
Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

ASMR and the Reduction of Anxiety
2017, Undergraduate research project
Stacey Watkins
Marywood University, Pennsylvania, US

ASMR, flow state, sleeping habits, and mood
2016, Undergraduate research project
Alfa Ramirez
Lindenwood University, Missouri, US

Introduction and reflection on the place and role of sound in ASMR
2015, Graduate Master’s Dissertation
Jonathan Fitas
University of Marne-La-Vallée & National Institute of Audiovisual, Paris, France

Bormann’s Symbolic Convergence Theory-based analysis of the ASMR Community
2015, Graduate student
Shawn Watkins
Angelo State University, Angelo, Texas, US

MUSICALLY INDUCED ASMR: An Amalgamated Experience
2015, Master’s Thesis
Juri Kobayashi
University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music, Finland

Neuropsychological and neurophysiological characterization of a phenomenon called ASMR
2014, Undergraduate dissertation project
Alejandro Navarro Expósito, Inmaculada Cubero Talavera
University of Almeria, Spain.

Comparison of ASMR artist speech patterns to Bob Ross and others
2012, Independent research project
Gordon McGladdery
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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