Toyota announces commercials with ASMR technology

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityJoining the group of Pepsi, KFC, Dove, Ritz, and IKEA, Toyota announces ASMR-inspired commercials.

According to their September 1 2017 news release about the “Sensations” marketing campaign for the 2018 Camry,

“A different creative execution incorporates ASMR technology (autonomous sensory meridian response) – a tingling many people experience when listening to certain sounds – to magnify sensations, create rich sight and sound content and highlight the extraordinary features of the new Camry.”

There is a problem though.  I didn’t find strong evidence of ASMR-inspiration in the nine campaign videos I watched.

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Emma Stone stars in ASMR hair-cutting scene in the movie, “Battle of the Sexes”

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityMost ASMR scenes in movies are created unintentionally.  The scenes accidentally happen to have subtle sounds or soft whispers which stimulate ASMR in some viewers.

The new movie, “Battle of the Sexes” with Emma Stone and Steve Carell may be the first major motion picture to have a scene which was intentionally created to induce ASMR.

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Dr. Diego Garro presents ASMR paper at London conference

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityDr. Diego Garro is a Senior Lecturer at Keele University in the United Kingdom. He has a BSc in Electronic Engineering, an MSc in Digital Music Technology, an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a PhD in Composition.

In 2015, I interviewed Dr. Garro about his translated summary of Alejandro Navarro Expósito’s Spanish-language dissertation, “Neuropsychological and neurophysiological characterization of ASMR”.

Dr. Garro has continued his interest in ASMR by writing a paper titled, “ASMR – from internet subculture to audiovisual therapy” and presenting it at the 2017 Electronic Visualization and the Arts conference in London.

In my interview with Dr. Garro he shares how he became interested in studying ASMR, the goals of his paper, reactions to his conference presentation, and tips for others doing ASMR presentations.

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Glass Vaults band creates ASMR-inspired music album

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityGlass Vaults is a psychedelic off kilter pop group originating out of Wellington, New Zealand.

Public praise includes, “”Glass Vaults is like a never ending dream while I’m half-asleep” (No Fear of Pop), and “trance-inducing, hallucinatory walls of sound that shimmer with ghostly incantations.” (Northern Transmissions).

Since their conception in 2010, the members Richard Larsen, Rowan Pierce, Bevan Smith, Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa have toured throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S.A.

But these “merchants of bliss” have recently added a new member, ASMR, and it has influenced their latest album, The New Happy.

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