Who is involved in this research project?
This is a collaborative research project involving:
- Karissa Burnett, team member of http://www.asmr-research.org, and graduate student at Fuller School of Psychology
- Jennifer Allen, founder of http://www.asmr-research.org, and individual who coined the term “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”
- Craig Richard, founder of http://www.asmruniversity.com, and professor at Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy
What is this research project about?
The research project is an online survey that when completed, may provide one of the first and largest global, demographic studies about ASMR published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The survey is for those who have experienced ASMR, who have stopped experiencing ASMR, who have never experienced ASMR, and who are unsure if they experience ASMR.
In other words, although this is a “survey about ASMR”, it is not just for those who experience ASMR.
This large variety of participants will allow us to find out which personality traits, medical conditions, gender, ages, and other variables are most associated with those who experience ASMR (by comparing the same variables to those who do not experience ASMR).
We also have specific questions for those who experience ASMR. This will help us know the most common age of first experience, most preferred way to experience ASMR, the most common sensations felt during ASMR, and much more.
The survey also asks about specific details that may help to explain why some individuals stop experiencing ASMR.
Current responses to the survey: 30,000+
Where is the link to the survey?
Click HERE to view or take the survey.
Here is the full URL if you want to copy it and share it with others: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASMRsurvey
Where can I find out about updates about this project?
Updates will be posted below:
- 2014: August
- Initiation of project by Karissa Burnett, Jennifer Allen, and Craig Richard
- 2014: September
- Survey questions drafted and revised by project members
- Survey draft completed
- Survey draft pilot tested by university faculty, staff, and students
- Final survey form created with assistance from the feedback from pilot testing
- Survey submitted for review as an institutional research project involving human subjects
- 2014: October
- Survey approved by Shenandoah University’s Institutional Review Board
- Survey co-approved by Fuller School of Psychology’s Human Studies Review Committee
- 2014: November
- Survey transcribed into an electronic online survey format
- Electronic version of survey undergoing beta-testing
- Survey launched
- 2014: December
- Survey acquires 5,000 total responses in first month
- 2015: December
- Survey acquires 15,000 total responses in first year
- 2016: February
- Preliminary data presented at annual conference: Scholarship & Research Conference, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, USA, February 25, 2016.
- 2016: April
- Preliminary data presented at annual conference: Science of Consciousness Conference, The University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, April 25-30, 2016.
- 2017: February
- Preliminary data presented at annual conference: Scholarship & Research Conference, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, USA, February 23, 2017.
- 2017: April
- Preliminary data presented at annual conference: SUpr Research Summit, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, USA, April 20, 2017.
- 2018: July
- Preliminary data presented at international research retreat: Milken Institute, Viceroy Hotel, Chicago, IL, USA, July 24-25, 2018.
- 2019: May
- Preliminary data presented at Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD, USA, May 17, 2019.
- 2019: September
- Preliminary data presented at the annual conference: Virginia Association of School Psychologists, Richmond, VA, September 26, 2019.
- Current status:
- Data analysis is in progress but survey will remain open and active for continued data collection.
14 thoughts on “ASMR Research Project”
Though I was not aware of the term, I have been experiencing ASMR for years. I have it under full control now (I can create the tingling sensation, which starts from brain and washes down over the body to where I choose, at will).
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I have been having this sensation happening to me since I was a child. I can control the severity of it and many times induce that feeling.
The best I can do to describe it is a wave. A wave that begins in my lower back and ripples out thew my body. The tingling sometimes can get very intense and almost unmanageable. I find the feeling very powerful and rewarding as it creates a sudden rush of relaxation, or maybe I am just relaxed and it can be induced. Either way it is powerful. It overcomes my whole body.
Alll the information on the net talks about this stemming from the head or scalp. However, for me the feeling never approaches my head. It begins in my lower back feeling somewhat deep inside me, the ripples only go as far as my lower body and never to my head, arms or even legs.
Does anyone else have this without it going to other parts of the body and head?
Many times I can induce it laying flat on my back. Any feedback would be appreciated..
It was terryfying, the first time it happened. Now I want more. Don’t like the videos. I love listen to music and feeling the ASMR hit.