Renee Frances is a children’s book author who has written the first children’s picture book to incorporate ASMR, titled “Avery Sleeps More Readily: A whispered Good Night Fairy book.”
Incorporating ASMR triggers into the content and process of reading a child a bedtime story is a fantastic idea. Common ASMR triggers like personal attention, whispering, soft voices, light touch, picture tracing, gentle hand movements, page turning, and caring behaviors are typical stimuli that can occur when a parent or caretaker reads a child a bedtime story.
It is even possible that the origins of ASMR are rooted in most caring behaviors that happen between children and their caretakers. Renee’s book not only reminds readers about incorporating these soothing behaviors at bedtime, but provides optimal techniques and content to help readers lull a child to sleep with a bedtime story.
The illustrations are beautifully done by Romaine Tacey and I was provided the great honor of writing the foreword. The book will be available on Amazon on August 8, 2018, but in the meantime you can access a digital copy via the link at the end of this article.
I initially reported about this published study on November 1, 2017, but this article will now share more details and summarize the data.
The study is titled, “Sensory determinants of the autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR): understanding the triggers” and was published October 6, 2017 in PeerJ by Emma Barratt, Charles Spence, and Nick Davis.
Of historical note, Barratt and Davis were the co-authors of the first ASMR research study published in 2015. In this new study they investigate some of the traits of ASMR triggers.
Andrew Smith is an undergraduate student at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at The University of Dundee, Scotland.
He focused his final year dissertation project on ASMR to fulfill the requirements for his Bachelor of Design degree (with Honors).
Andrew’s completed dissertation was 47 pages (~10,000 words), was titled, “An investigation into the interconnected nature of aesthetics, sensory perception and sensory phenomena” and weaved together the following topics:
- The Golden Rectangle (a shape linked to art, design, and architecture)
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (a therapy for trauma patients)
- Brain Wave States, Hypnosis, & REM, Sleep
- Brain Default Mode Network & Synaesthesia
- Interpersonal bonding
- Senses, Sensory Processing Disorder, & Autism
Applebee’s joins Sony, Toyota, Pepsi, KFC, Dove, Ritz, IKEA, and Glenmorangie Whisky in utilizing ASMR videos for marketing.
The new video is posted on their YouTube video channel, “Applebee’s Grill & Bar” and the video is titled, “[ASMR] One Hour of Soothing Grill Sounds – Sizzling Meat”
Marcus Nystrand is an undergraduate student in the Visual Communications program at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden.
For his graduation project he decided to create videos with synthetic ASMR triggers and survey if they are able to stimulate ASMR in viewers.
What are “synthetic ASMR triggers?” Marcus created computer-generated animations that have some properties of ASMR triggers (e.g., movements, sounds) but without the presence of human forms (e.g., hands) or human objects (e.g., brushes).
In short, his project is asking, “Can non-human motions, items, and sounds trigger ASMR?”
His animations are extremely high quality, very imaginative, and deeply mesmerizing. Will they trigger your ASMR?
Read on to learn a bit more about his project, then click the link to view his amazing videos and answer his short survey questions.
There has been an abundance of ASMR-inspired art forms including movies, web shows, street dancing, commercials, music, performance art, poetry, CGI animation, games, and fan fiction.
What about live comedy?
On Saturday April 6th, 2018 at 4:30 pm Rose Luardo and Shannon Fahey will present their ASMR inspired workshop, ASMRrrrRETREAT at Good Good Comedy Theatre (215 N.11th Street Philadelphia, PA).
Luardo & Fahey are Philadelphia-based comedians and artists and their live workshop is inspired by their mutual admiration for ASMR and ASMR artwork.
In 2016, I posted an article that began, “Filmmaker begins production of the ASMR-inspired movie.”
Good news. The movie is done and available for all to view.
The movie was created by Mike Reed who lives in Denmead, UK. Mike also creates ASMR videos for his YouTube channel, “ASMR Show”
The working title of his movie was, “P.A.I.N.” and is now released as “3AMASMR” or you can think of the title as “3 am ASMR.”
Will Koziey-Kronas is an undergraduate student majoring in Professional Writing at the University of Toronto in Canada.
For his course, Introduction to Journalistic Investigations, he was assigned to write a profile piece.
He chose to profile ASMR through the experiences of an ASMR artist. Will explains why,
“People who aren’t familiar with ASMR are usually fascinated by it when their introduced for the first time. I figured a piece about an ASMR creator, written as an introduction to ASMR, would be very compelling.”
Sony joins Toyota, Pepsi, KFC, Dove, Ritz, IKEA, and Glenmorangie Whisky in utilizing ASMR videos for marketing.
The ASMR-style videos highlight the video recording quality of the Sony Xperia XZ1 phone. The full campaign and videos are posted on the website of Carphone Warehouse, the top independent mobile online retailer in the UK.
What prompted Carphone Warehouse and Sony to create ASMR videos to help promote the Xperia XZ1 phone?
Jake Gyllenhaal (actor in Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler) does a short interview with W Magazine which includes ASMR triggers.
He whispers about his day, plays with an old style camera, and twists bubble wrap. He also bangs a chisel into wood with a rubber mallet, which may not be so ASMR-inducing for many individuals.
On the YouTube channel, Miu Miu, several actors join forces to create individual and collaborative ASMR videos. The clips are less than a minute long and mostly involve whispering or quiet talking.
The Miu Miu team includes Sadie Sink (Stranger Things 2, Annie), Dakota Fanning (I am Sam, War of the Worlds, Charlotte’s Web), Elle Fanning (We Bought a Zoo, Maleficent), Julia Garner (Ozark, The Americans, We Are What We Are), and Chloë Sevigny (American Psycho, Big Love, American Horror Story).
Click the links below to view their ASMR videos: