Stacey Watkins is a senior Clinical Psychology major at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.
As part of her degree requirement, she has decided to do a research project about ASMR and anxiety. She has already received approval from her school’s Review Committee and has started to collect her data.
In my interview with Stacey she talks about the book which helped to inspire this project, her goals and hypotheses, her research methods, challenges with the project, and tips to other students who may be considering an ASMR research project.
In 2016, Stephen Smith and Beverley Fredborg from the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada published a research paper about ASMR and brain activity (summary, interview, podcast episode).
The dynamic duo has now done it again, publishing their second research paper about ASMR.
The paper is titled, “An Examination of Personality Traits Associated with Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)” and was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology on February 23, 2017. The article was authored by Beverley Fredborg, Jim Clark, and Stephen Smith.
The goal of the study was to investigate if ASMR is associated with specific personality traits, and they also analyzed data about the perceived intensity of specific ASMR triggers.
In this podcast episode, I will be summarizing the second peer-reviewed research publication about ASMR and sharing an interview with the authors.
The paper is titled, “An examination of the default mode network in individuals with autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR)” and was published in the journal Social Neuroscience on May 31, 2016. The authors are Stephen Smith, Beverley Fredborg, and Jennifer Kornelsen from the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.
This podcast episode will cover the following topics:
What is fMRI?
What did the experiment reveal about ASMR?
What challenges did they encounter during this project?
The Royal Geographical Society will be holding their Annual International Conference in London, from August 29 to September 1, 2017.
One of the sessions being planned for the conference is titled, “Soundscapes of Wellbeing”. This session will focus on the different ways in which people experience or perceive certain therapeutic benefits from interactions with sound.
And yes, they are interested in incorporating information about ASMR into this session from ASMR researchers.
This is exciting news for several reasons, including that this may be the first international conference to include ASMR on their agenda.
Libby Copeland lives in Westchester, NY, USA and has a BA degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.
She has been a staff reporter, editor, and/or writer for The Washington Post, Slate, New York Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Glamour, as well as, made appearances on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR.
Libby also has a strong interest in ASMR.
She recently traveled to Brooklyn, NY to experience one of the first live, in-person, professional ASMR services called Whisperlodge, and then wrote about it for New York Magazine.