Science of ASMR: The first peer-reviewed research publication (podcast episode #10)

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityIn this podcast episode, I will be summarizing the data from the first peer-reviewed research publication about ASMR.

The paper is titled, “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): a flow-like mental state”, is authored by Emma Barratt and Nick Davis, and was published March 26, 2015.

You will hear about the data from the paper related to these questions:

  • Why do people watch ASMR videos?
  • What are common ASMR triggers?
  • When do people first experience ASMR?
  • Do ASMR videos help people to feel less depressed?
  • Do ASMR videos lessen the symptoms of chronic pain?
  • And more.

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History of ASMR: Interview (Part 2) with Jennifer Allen, the woman who coined the term “ASMR” (podcast episode #9)

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityIn this podcast episode I will read the second part of an interview I did with Jennifer Allen, the woman who coined the term, “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.”

Jennifer will be sharing her thoughts and feelings about

  • the current widespread use of the term ASMR,
  • how her understanding of ASMR has changed over time,
  • what she perceives as the next big step for the ASMR community,
  • where the understanding and application of ASMR might be in 10 years,
  • how ASMR is part of her daily life,
  • and more.

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History of ASMR: Interview (Part 1) with Jennifer Allen, the woman who coined the term “ASMR” (podcast episode #8)

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityIn this podcast episode I will read the first part of an interview I did with Jennifer Allen, the woman who coined the term, “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.”

You will hear about the details and inside stories about:

  • her involvement in the first forum thread about ASMR,
  • her creation of the term ASMR,
  • her founding of the ASMR Facebook Group and ASMR Facebook Page,
  • her creation of the research website,
  • and her fight to keep the first Wikipedia page about ASMR.

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History of ASMR: About Jennifer Allen, the woman who coined the term “ASMR” (podcast episode #7)

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityIn this podcast episode I will be telling you about Jennifer Allen, the woman who coined the term Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

But that is not all she did, here is a summary of her major contributions which I will be highlighting in this episode:

  • 2009: participated in the first major online discussion of the sensation at steadyhealth.com
  • 2010: coined the term autonomous sensory meridian response
  • 2010: founded the Facebook ASMR Group
  • 2010: created the website http://www.asmr-research.org
  • 2011: founded the Facebook ASMR Page
  • 2011: lobbied Wikipedia to keep the first ASMR entry

And I also will be expressing my gratitude to Sam Riding, DrewWal, Johohodedo, and Pbuck87 for taking the time to Write a Review of the podcast.

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History of ASMR: About WhisperingLife, the first ASMR artist (podcast episode #5)

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityOn March 26, 2009, a young woman started posting videos of herself whispering on YouTube.

She shared some information about herself on YouTube, but she never revealed her exact identity.

Most people refer to her by the name of her YouTube channel, WhisperingLife – and credit her with starting the first whisper channel on YouTube.

Today’s podcast will focus on WhisperingLife and address the following questions:

  • How old was she and where was she from?
  • What inspired her to start posting whisper videos?
  • Did she intend to relax listeners with her whispering or was that just an unexpected outcome?
  • What did she whisper about?
  • Was she just a ‘whisper artist’ or was she an ‘ASMR artist’?
  • Did she ever show her face in her videos?
  • What did she use for a camera?
  • How many videos did she post?
  • Why did she stop posting videos?

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Voices of ASMR: Project launch (podcast episode #4)

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian ResponseI have launched a new project called, ‘Voices of ASMR’.

It will be a diverse collection of ASMR experiences submitted by visitors to my website and by listeners to my podcast.

The project is a way for individuals to share their ASMR experiences with the world, and it is a way for the world to explore the ASMR experiences of others.

I believe that having an organized repository of the ASMR experiences and testimonials from many individuals will be helpful to those whom are:

  • learning about ASMR for the first time
  • curious to know how others experience ASMR
  • writing articles or papers about ASMR
  • creating research projects about ASMR

I’m launching the project with 12 initial questions.  Individuals who experience ASMR can submit their specific answers to any or all of the questions.

Here are the 12 initial questions:

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History of ASMR: the early ASMR-type videos (podcast episode #3)

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityMany people initially discover their ability to have ASMR through real world experiences.

These experiences may include having their hair being played with by a friend, hearing someone whisper, being examined by a clinician, listening to someone nearby turn the pages of a magazine, or watching someone perform a dedicated task like painting or origami.

Surprisingly, it has turned out that just hearing and/or watching these experiences in a recorded format can also stimulate ASMR.

In 2009, several individuals on the internet began intentionally simulating some of these popular ASMR triggers in videos – giving rise to intentional ASMR videos and ASMR video channels.

But these were not the first videos that people were watching to purposely trigger their deep relaxation and tingles.

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History of ASMR: Birth of the ASMR Community (podcast episode #2)

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityOctober 19, 2007 could be viewed as the birth date of the ASMR community.

On this day, an individual by the username of “okaywhatever” started a forum thread at the website http://www.steadyhealth.com.

The title of the thread was, “Weird sensation feels good” and attracted over 300 replies.  The content of these initial replies quickly created a clear and consistent description of ASMR which still accurately describes ASMR today.

Some of the participants in the thread, such as Jennifer Allen and Andrew MacMuiris, spawned out and developed resources which were monumental to the growth and understanding of ASMR.

Overall, this forum thread lead directly to the following ASMR milestones:

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