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).
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.
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.
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.
Angelica Succi is a post-graduate Erasmus trainee at the University of Essex (UK), Department of Psychology.
She is investigating the correlations between emotional experiences, sensory sensitivity, perception, and ASMR.
Her research project is titled: “Physiological and self-reported correlates of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)”.
Angelica’s advisors for the study are Dr. Helge Gillmeister and Dr Giulia Poerio. Dr Poerio published the first heart rate study about ASMR in 2018.
Angelica is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Essex.
Josephine Flockton is a master’s graduate, specializing in neuroscience and neuroimaging from the University of York, England, and is pursuing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience.
This survey will gather invaluable pilot data about individuals’ experiences of ASMR and its potential therapeutic benefits, to support the rationale of her PhD research and invite further study.
Her PhD research thesis aims to be the first to explore what happens in the brain during an ASMR experience using the neuroimaging technique of magnetoencephalography (MEG), to further our understanding of the phenomenon and its relation to pain circuits in the brain.
Gina Gilpin is a graduate student, pursuing an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London (UCL), England.
Her research thesis is investigating the personality and empathy traits of individuals who experience ASMR, frisson (e.g., music chills) and mirror-touch synaesthesia.
Her thesis is titled: “Investigating Various Atypical Multisensory Experiences and the Associated Personality and Empathy Traits.” Gina’s faculty advisor for the study is Professor Sophie Scott, Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL.
Gina is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee. The only requirements for the survey are that you must be right-handed, English speaking, and over 18 years old.
Dr Giulia Poerio (an established ASMR researcher) is the Lead supervisor for this position at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex, UK.
This is an exciting opportunity for a young scientist interested in being a pioneer of ASMR research.
I’ve copied and pasted a lot of details below from the position posting; such as, criteria, funding, application deadline, start date, duration, project overview, and a link to apply.
Denisa Vondruskova recently received her Bachelor’s Degree from Palacky University in the Czech Republic.
For her Bachelor’s Thesis she completed a research project titled, “ASMR and Jacobson progressive muscle relaxation.”
Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a technique developed by Dr Edmund Jacobson, hence it is also called, “Jacobson progressive muscle relaxation.” PMR involves tensing and un-tensing muscle groups, progressing from the upper torso to the lower torso.
Both ASMR and PMR can help someone to reduce their stress and fall asleep more easily. However, ASMR involves a passive process (passive exposure to gentle stimuli) and PMR involves an active process (active tensing and untensing of muscles).
Denisa may be the first researcher to compare the relaxation techniques and effects of ASMR and PMR.
Below is a summary of her methods and findings, followed by a link to an English summary of her thesis.
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.