ASMR Research & Publications

Published peer-reviewed research about ASMR

Giulia Lara Poerio(1), Emma Blakey(1), Thomas Hostler(2), and Theresa Veltri(1)

“More than a feeling: ASMR is characterized by reliable changes in affect and physiology”
(1) University of Sheffield, UK
(2) Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
PLOS ONE, June 20, 2018
Click HERE for more information.

Emma Barratt (1), Charles Spence (2), Nick Davis (3)

“Sensory determinants of the autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR): understanding the triggers”
(1) Seaham, Sunderland, UK
(2) Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK
(3) Department of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
PeerJ, October 6, 2017
Click HERE for more information.

Agnieszka Janik McErlean (1), Michael Banissy (2)

“Assessing individual variation in personality and empathy traits in self-Reported Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”
(1) Department of Psychology, James Cook University, Singapore
(2) Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Multisensory Research, March 2017
Click HERE for more information.

Beverley Fredborg, Jim Clark, Stephen Smith.

“An Examination of Personality Traits Associated with Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)”
Department of Psychology, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Frontiers in Psychology, February 2017
Click HERE for more information.

Stephen Smith, Beverley Fredborg, Jennifer Kornelsen

“An examination of the default mode network in individuals with autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR)”
University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Social Neuroscience, May 2016
Click HERE for more information.

Emma Barratt, Nick Davis

“Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): A flow-like mental state”
Swansea University, Swansea, UK
PeerJ, March 2015
Click HERE for more information.

Published perspective/review papers about ASMR

Diego Garro

“ASMR – From Internet Subculture to Audiovisual Therapy”
Keele University, United Kingdom
Proceedings of EVA London July 2017, UK, 395-402
Click HERE for more information.

Franziska Apprich

“The Benefits of ASMR in Education”
Canadian University Dubai, United Arab Emirates
IOSR Journal of Research & Method in Education
Volume 6, Issue 5 Ver. II (Sep. – Oct. 2016), PP 113-118
Click HERE for more information.

Rob Gallagher

“Eliciting Euphoria Online: The Aesthetics of “ASMR” Video Culture”
King’s College, London, UK
Film Criticism, Volume 40, Issue 2, June 2016
Link to publication.
Link to interview with the author.

Marisa A. del Campo & Thomas J. Kehle

“Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) and frisson: Mindfully
induced sensory phenomena that promote happiness”
University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA
Journal of School & Educational Psychology: Vol 4, No 2, Feb 2016
Link: Click HERE

Joceline Andersen

“Now You’ve Got the Shivers: Affect, Intimacy, and the ASMR Whisper Community”
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Television & New Media,  Dec 2015,  vol. 16, no. 8, 683-700
Link: Click Here

Nitin K. Ahuja

“It Feels Good to Be Measured: Clinical Role-Play, Walker Percy, and the Tingles”
Internal Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 2013, Summer;56(3):442-51
Link: Click Here

Letters to the Editor about ASMR

James V Lloyd, Thomas P. O. Ashdown, Lucy R Jawad

“Autonomous sensory meridian response: What is it? and Why should we care?”
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Indian J of Psychological Medicine
, 2017, 39(2):214-5
Link: Click Here

Books and Book Chapters about ASMR

Craig Richard

Brain Tingles
Available: September 4, 2018 (pre-order/order)
Publisher: Adams Media of Simon & Schuster, 2018
ISBN: 978-1507207628
Click HERE to learn more about the author.

Franziska Apprich

“Chapter 2: The Impact of ASMR on Social Media Generation”
Published in “Media Anthology: A Critical Reader – Visualising Mass Media from a Macro Perspective”
Pub. Date: 2016 – 2nd Quarter
ISBN: 978-1-63484-931-9
Click HERE to learn more about the author.

Julie Young and Ilse Blansert

Idiot’s Guide: ASMR
Publisher: Alpha Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781615648184
Click HERE to learn more about the authors.

Self-published articles about ASMR


“Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”
December 21, 2015
Click HERE to access the article at

Melinda Lauw

“Tingly Objects: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”
Click HERE to access the article at

Jasmin Ojalainen

“Four letters dividing science”
February 10, 2016
Click HERE to access the article at
Click HERE to learn more about the author

Institutional posts about ASMR

Muhammad Ali Khalidi

“Do You Get the “Tingles”? The Philosophy of ASMR”
Sept 12 2016
American Philosophical Association
Read more HERE


“Could Autonomous Sensory Meridian Responses be Effective for Relaxation?”
August 1 2014
University of Florida, College of Medicine
Center for Musculoskeletal Pain Research
Read more HERE

Completed research projects about ASMR (results or data are publicly available, but not published)

Marcus Nystrand

“Synthetic Triggers – A study in animated graphics ASMR”
Undergraduate research project, 2018
Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm, Sweden
Click HERE for summary of project and data

Melina Delanghe

Effect of ASMR videos on the heart rates of Highly Sensitive Persons
Master’s Thesis, 2018
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Click HERE for summary of project and data

Stacey Watkins

“ASMR and the Reduction of Anxiety”
Undergraduate research project, 2017
Marywood University, Pennsylvania, USA.
Click HERE for summary of project and data

Alfa Ramirez

“ASMR, flow state, sleeping habits, and mood”
Undergraduate research project, 2016
Lindenwood University, Missouri, USA
Click HERE for summary of project and data

Jonathan Fitas

“Introduction and reflection on the place and role of sound in ASMR”
Graduate Master’s Dissertation, 2015
University of Marne-La-Vallée & National Institute of Audiovisual, Paris, France
Click HERE for project summary (English) and access to dissertation (French)

Shawn Watkins

“Bormann’s Symbolic Convergence Theory-based analysis of the ASMR Community”
Graduate student, 2015
Angelo State University, Angelo, Texas, USA
Click HERE for information about the paper.
Click HERE to access the paper, references, and annotated bibliography.

Alejandro Navarro Expósito, Inmaculada Cubero Talavera

“Neuropsychological and neurophysiological characterization of a phenomenon called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)”
Undergraduate dissertation project, 2014
University of Almeria, Spain.
Click HERE for project summary and access to dissertation.

Gordon McGladdery

Comparison of ASMR artist speech patterns to Bob Ross and others.
Independent research project, 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Click HERE for data summary, data access, and more information.

Completed research about ASMR (not publicly available, not yet published)

Jack Stevenson-Smith

Masters Dissertation: “Bodily maps of novel somatosensation: ASMR”
School of Psychology, The University of Liverpool, UK

Bryson C. Lochte

fMRI study on ASMR
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
Dissertation: “Touched through a screen : putative neural correlates of autonomous sensory meridian response”
Click HERE for more information.

Amy Huffenberger

Effect of ASMR on aspects of social cognition
The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, USA
Click HERE for more information.

Research in progress about ASMR

Karrisa Burnett, Jennifer Allen, Craig Richard

Global demographic survey about ASMR
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, USA
Fuller School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA, USA
IRB/HSRC/REC approved research study
Click HERE for more information.

Giulia Poerio, Theresa Veltri, Emma Blakey, Tom Hostler

Survey on ASMR experiences
The University of Sheffield, England, UK
IRB/HSRC/REC approved research study
Click HERE for more information.

 Rob Gallagher

Online culture of ASMR
King’s College, London, UK
Research Group Project
Click HERE for more information

Bev Fredborg, Stephen Smith

Personality characteristics and ASMR
Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
IRB/HSRB/REC approved research project
Click HERE to learn more
Click HERE to view video about project

Tammy Dempster

ASMR and misophonia
Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
IRB/HSRB/REC approved research project
Click HERE to learn more

Anna Zajac

ASMR, Flow State, and Highly Sensitive Person Traits.
Senior Undergraduate Dissertation Project
Thesis supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Rolison
Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ben Stone

Comparison of ASMR and frisson as emotional responses
The University of Salford, Manchester, England, UK
Undergraduate Senior Dissertation Project

Allen Simans, Joseph DeSouza

Applications of ASMR
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Undergraduate Independent Research Project

Additional resources about ASMR research:

ResearchASMR subreddit

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