Participate in a research study about ASMR and the ability to perceive internal and external body cues

Fatimah Osman is an undergraduate student, pursuing a BSc in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK.

Her research project is investigating the relationship between ASMR and the ability to perceive internal body stimuli and external body stimuli (aka, interoceptive and/or exteroceptive sensibility).

Fatimah’s faculty supervisor for the study is Dr. Flavia Cardini, Senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.

Fatimah is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by the School of Psychology and Sport Science Research Ethics Panel (SREP) and Ethics Committee (approval code: PSY-S19-018).

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Participate in a research study about ASMR Videos and Sleep Quality

Chloe-Anne Devine is an undergraduate student, pursuing a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Lincoln in the UK.

Her research thesis is investigating the effect of watching ASMR videos on Sleep Quality

Chloe-Anne’s faculty advisor for the study is Dr. Simon Durrant, Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln.

Chloe-Anne is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee (Ethics Approval Code PSY20211084).

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Participate in a research study about ASMR videos as self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Matt Frank is a graduate student, pursuing an M.A. in media studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

His research thesis is investigating the experiences and motivations of watching ASMR videos as a form of self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

His thesis is tentatively titled: “Notions of ASMR in Quarantine: Affect, Self-care, and Healthcare”, and his faculty advisor is Dr. Elizabeth Ellcessor, Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.

As part of his thesis study, Matt is looking for participants for his virtual focus group, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee (IRB-SBS #3160).

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Update #2: Licensed Professional Counselor begins offering ASMR Counseling Sessions

Curt Ramsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia beginning his journey of offering ASMR counseling via in-person visits and live video sessions.

He has an ASMR counseling website and an ASMR video channel.

In the first post (Nov 10, 2020), Curt shared how he learned about ASMR, his earliest memories of ASMR, his investigations into learning about ASMR, the development of his ASMR practice, and his experiences so far with ASMR counseling.

In update #1 (Dec 14, 2020), Curt shared some challenges and successes he has encountered as he continues his journey into ASMR counseling.

In this update, Curt describes an ASMR counseling session with an ASMR artist and also begins a comparison of direct and indirect forms of therapeutic ASMR.

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Participate in a research study about ASMR stimuli and effects on mental health

Participate in a dissertation research study dedicated to understanding the effects of ASMR stimuli for potential clinical application for mental health problems.

Phoebe Leech is an undergraduate Psychology student at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England.

Her dissertation is titled: “An Investigation into ASMR Stimuli and Their Effects on Common Mental Health Problems” and is being supervised by Dr. Adam Qureshi.

Phoebe is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee.

The survey is open to English-speaking individuals above the age of 18. You do not need to have experience with ASMR, anyone is welcome to participate.

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Update #1: Licensed Professional Counselor begins offering ASMR Counseling Sessions

Curt Ramsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia beginning his journey of offering ASMR counseling via in-person visits and live video sessions.

He has an ASMR counseling website and an ASMR video channel.

In the prior post (Nov 10, 2020), Curt shared how he learned about ASMR, his earliest memories of ASMR, his investigations into learning about ASMR, the development of his ASMR practice, and his experiences so far with ASMR counseling.

In this update, Curt shares some challenges and successes he has encountered as he continues his journey into ASMR counseling.

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Founder of ezASMR.com shares 7 Tips for recording ASMR videos

Steven Smith is the founder of the website, ezASMR.com.

He created the website to help creators of ASMR videos to better understand ASMR, select appropriate equipment, produce better videos, and do it all in an “ez” way.

Steven has put together several tips for recording ASMR videos. These tips should be helpful to all creators of ASMR videos and especially to those who are just starting out.

Below are his Seven Tips to record ASMR videos along with a link to his website.

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Undergraduate student completes research dissertation about ASMR and mood

Georgina Susan Pamela Terzza has recently completed her  BSc in Psychology at the University of Lincoln, England.  She is now pursuing her MSc in Clinical Psychology at the Royal Holloway University of London, England.

For her Bachelor’s Dissertation,  supervised by Dr. Andy Benn, she completed a research project titled, “The effects and benefits of ASMR stimuli on mood.”

For her project, 37 participants (with and without experience watching ASMR videos) watched ASMR videos and completed a survey about their mood.   She found that ASMR videos had a positive effect on mood, and this was independent of prior experience with ASMR videos.

In my interview with Georgina, she provides helpful explanations of her inspiration, goals, methods, findings, interesting moments, and very useful tips for other students researching ASMR.

Below are my questions in bold, her replies in italics, and a link so you can learn more about her.

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Licensed Professional Counselor begins offering ASMR Counseling Sessions

Curt Ramsey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech University and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Curt is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia beginning his journey of offering ASMR counseling via in-person visits and live video sessions.

Almost a year ago he reached out to me with a strong interest in incorporating ASMR into his practice.  We discussed the great potential of ASMR counseling and I have watched his knowledge and belief in the benefits of ASMR deepen over time.

Curt has expanded his counseling website to offer ASMR counseling sessions to help those struggling with stress, anxiety, self-esteem, intimacy, connection, and trust.    His incorporation of ASMR-inspired techniques includes gentle whispering with clients, gentle whispering between couples, and incorporating  ASMR triggers into mindfulness exercises and guided imageries.

You can visit his ASMR Counseling website HERE.

He has also launched a video channel to allow potential clients to experience his ASMR counseling style through free recorded videos.  These videos demonstrate that Curt not only has a deep understanding of ASMR that can benefit his clients, but he also has a kind and gentle personality that embodies ASMR.

You can view his ASMR videos HERE.

I’ve asked Curt to share his journey so far.  In the section below you will find out how he learned about ASMR, his earliest memories of ASMR, his investigations into learning about ASMR, the development of his ASMR practice, and his experiences so far with ASMR counseling.

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ASMR Research needs your support

It is likely that ASMR has health benefits for people struggling with stress, poor sleep, low moods, and other conditions.

Perhaps you have benefited from ASMR and wonder why more health professionals aren’t advocating ASMR to their clients and patients?

The answer is simple.  Health professionals are waiting for more research studies about ASMR to be published and you can help.  Even though you may not be a researcher, you can help to accelerate ASMR research by supporting it.

You may have heard that ASMR can reduce your heart rate.  This groundbreaking research was done by Dr. Giulia Poerio and her team at the University of Essex, UK – providing the first direct physiological evidence of the relaxing effects of ASMR.

Now, Dr. Poerio and her team want to establish an  ASMR network of scientists, experts, and the ASMR community.  This project will create a prioritized list of ASMR research questions that will drive future core research about the biology and health effects of ASMR.

Establishing this ASMR Network does require a small foundation of financial support to get it going, and you can help.

Ready to help? Jump right to this site to learn more, watch a video from Dr. Poerio, and/or donate:  https://crowd.science/campaigns/asmrnet-establishing-a-global-research-network-and-prioritised-agenda-for-asmr/

Or, keep reading for a personal message from Dr. Poerio.

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