Jemma Frost and Safiyya Mank are undergraduate psychology students at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England.
Their dissertation project is titled, “An investigation into ASMR immunity” and they are seeking participants who are 18 years or older for this study (eligible participants must have experienced ASMR and immunity to ASMR).
Participants will access an online survey, watch an ASMR video, and answer questions about their ability to experience ASMR and their experiences of ASMR immunity.
Damiana Conti is a graduate student pursuing her Masters of Science degree in the Department of Psychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy.
She focused her dissertation project on analyzing the subjective feelings and objective skin conductance responses to ASMR videos.
An increase in skin conductance is a measure of increased physiological arousal, like excitement or alertness. ASMR is usually thought of as a state of relaxation with decreased arousal, although there are several reports that suggest ASMR has a slight increased level of physiological arousal to it.
Below are a summary of her methods, some of her exciting data, and a link to her completed dissertation.
Emma Palmer-Cooper is a Researcher at the University of Southampton in the UK.
She is conducting a research project titled, “Unusual experiences and the association with metacognition.” This study includes unusual experiences such as ASMR.
Emma is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee.
The survey is open to individuals who watch ASMR videos, are over 18 years of age, and have no personal or family history of psychosis.
Snetha Badhan is a British Indian living in the United Kingdom, a certified Person-Centred Counsellor, and the ASMR artist known as CoconutsWhisper on YouTube.
Snetha is also a survivor of Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriages, Gender Abuse, Discrimination, Immigration Fraud and an Admin in the Surviving the Narcissistic Ex Partner Closed Group UK /Worldwide on Facebook.
On September 28, 2019 she will speak at the conference, “SURVIVE AND THRIVE AFTER NARCISSISTIC ABUSE” which can be attended live at Manchester, UK or via an online webinar. Here is a summary of the event:
“A day of key industry expert speakers on who will advise on how to overcome and combat abuse, how a Narcissists mind works and recovery and survival techniques. There will also be real survivors talking about their recovery and how they have managed to overcome and walk away from the ex Narcissist. You will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session, talk to other victims and to meet other like minded women who have gone through the same traumatic experiences as yourself!”
In my interview with Snetha she shares how narcissism has impacted her life, how ASMR has helped her, and important information about narcissistic abuse and the upcoming conference.
Below are my questions in bold, Snetha’s replies in italics, and links to learn more about the upcoming conference.
J.F. is a marketing consultant with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Boston University. She currently lives in the Northeast of the U.S.
Since 2015, J.F. has created over 100 ASMR videos as the artist STYASMR, an acronym for her channel name, “Sucks To Your ASMR!”
I initially thought that an ASMR video channel with that name would have parody videos, abrupt videos, or some other type of negative or non-ASMR content. I was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of gentle, relaxing, softly-voiced, and delightful ASMR videos.
In my interview with J.F., she shares her reason for calling her video channel, “Sucks To Your ASMR!”, her inspiration for making ASMR videos, her tips for new artists, and how her videos are helping others.
Below are my questions in bold, her replies in italics, and a link to her curiously named channel, “Sucks To Your ASMR!”
The ASMR artist, Deni ASMRCZ, recently asked me if whispering is bad for the throat or vocal cords.
A 2006 research article stated, “For years, otolaryngologists and voice therapists have warned voice patients that whispering causes more trauma to the larynx than normal speech. However, no large series of patients has ever been examined fiberoptically during whispering to test this hypothesis.”
In 2011, The New York Times asked Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, chairman of the otolaryngology department at Drexel University College of Medicine why clinicians recommend that patients avoid whispering. He said this recommendation was based on “years of pronouncement and almost no research, like so much in medicine.”
Even when searching for more recent research publications, there doesn’t seem to be any research studies which clearly answer this question yet, but there are personal experiences, clinical opinions, and physiological studies.
I’ll cover all three of these types of sources.
Let’s begin in 2009 with the first ASMR artist, WhisperingLife. She mentioned in some of her videos that whispering sometimes hurt her voice. This may have been one of the reasons her videos were relatively short and averaged about 10 minutes long.
Jump forward to 2019. I’ve created over 200 podcast episodes for the Sleep Whispers podcast of pure whispering, with an average length of 40 minutes each and a max length of 90 minutes. I’ve never felt any discomfort in my throat or voice, but I do often feel like I am running out of breath.
So these two simple and personal examples highlight that whispering may create different types of discomfort for different individuals.
Let’s see what further evidence I can uncover for the effect of whispering on the throat and vocals.
Tony (full name withheld) is currently an IT technician at a multinational company in Spain.
In 2009 though, Tony was finishing his studies in Spain, working as a Service Desk employee, and also creating whisper videos as “Zarbondb”.
He was one of the first ASMR artists, perhaps the third one, and was referred to as a “whisper artist” or “whisperer” because the term “ASMR” hadn’t been coined and widely used yet.
In my interview with Tony he shares how he discovered whisper videos, why he started his channel, his memories of the whisper community, and why he chose the name “Zarbondb”.
Below are my questions in bold, his replies in italics, a link to his whisper videos, and a link to his Twitch channel of retro gaming.
Jenny (full name withheld) is currently a drama teacher in London, England.
In 2009 though, Jenny was a Theatre studies student in London who was also creating whisper videos as “Mysterious_Goo”.
She was one of the first ASMR artists, perhaps the second one, and was referred to as a “whisper artist” or “whisperer” because the term “ASMR” hadn’t been coined and widely used yet.
In my interview with Jenny she shares how she discovered whisper videos, why she started her channel, her memories of the whisper community, and why she chose the name “Mysterious_Goo”.
Below are my questions in bold and her replies in italics.
Andrew (full name withheld) is currently a Senior Software Engineer working for a fortune 200 company in Colorado, US.
In 2009 though, Andrew was a college student studying computer networking and also creating whisper videos as “CrisperWhisper”.
He was one of the early ASMR artists who were commonly called “whisper artists” or “whisperers” because these individuals were creating whisper videos before the term “ASMR” was coined and widely used.
In my interview with Andrew he shares how he discovered whisper videos, why he started his channel, vivid memories of the whisper community, and one of his biggest regrets.
Below are my questions in bold, his replies in italics, and a link to his new ASMR channel.
Safiyya Mank is an undergraduate psychology student at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England and also a research assistant for an ASMR project.
Her project is titled, “An investigation into ASMR and sensory sensitivity” and she is seeking participants who are 18 years or older for this study (sensitivity to ASMR triggers is not necessary).
Participants will access an online survey, watch an ASMR video, and answer questions about their ability to experience ASMR and how they normally react to specific sensory stimuli.
The survey has been approved by the University’s ethics committee, shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes, and will collect your replies anonymously.
The results of the study may be published in peer reviewed journals. Participants can obtain a full copy of the results of the research study by contacting the researcher.
She is being supervised by Dr. Thomas Hostler and Dr. Giulia Poerio, who published the first heart rate study about ASMR in 2018.
The survey closes soon, so click the link below to learn more or to participate if you are interested.