Participate in a research study about ASMR, mindfulness, and unusual sensory experiences

Viktoria Venkatess is a student, pursuing a BSc. in Psychology at the University of Southampton, UK.

Her research project is investigating the experiences of watching ASMR videos and mindfulness, and is titled, “Exploring the link between mindfulness and unusual sensory experiences in people who experience ASMR”

Viktoria’s faculty advisor for the study is Dr. Emma Palmer-Cooper, Lecturer at University of Southampton, UK.

Viktoria is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by the University of Southampton Research Ethics Committee (ERGO: 64395)

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Participate in a research study about ASMR and interpersonal space

Adela Bodasca is an undergraduate student, pursuing a BSc in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK.

Her research project is investigating if the distance we keep from other people, called interpersonal space, is affected by the experience of ASMR.

Adela’s faculty supervisor for the study is Dr Flavia Cardini, Senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.

Adela is looking for participants to take her online study, which has been reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the School of Psychology and Sport Science (SREP), at Anglia Ruskin University (approval code: PSY-S19-025).

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Meet AndreawhisperingASMR, the ASMRtist on YouTube who wrote her B.A. thesis on ASMR and advertising

Andrea Rovira lives in Spain and has recently graduated from the Istituto Europeo Design in Italy with a BA in Fashion, Marketing, & Communication.

Andrea has also been creating ASMR videos for her YouTube channel, AndreawhisperingASMR, since September, 2019.  She has created about 100 ASMR videos so far and has grown her channel to have over 41,000 followers.

Additionally, Andrea has recently completed her undergraduate dissertation titled, “The Role of ASMR in Future Advertising.”  Her dissertation is the best organized and most visually appealing one I have ever seen – a true testament to her natural skills and the knowledge acquired from her Marketing and Communication training.

I interviewed Andrea and she shared her most challenging aspects of creating ASMR videos, her tips for new artists creating ASMR videos, and the curious things she discovered while writing her thesis about ASMR and advertising.

Below are my questions in bold, her replies in italics, and a link to her ASMR YouTube Channel, as well as, a link to her complete dissertation.

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PhD candidate shares pilot data about ASMR, anxiety, and pain

Josephine Flockton is a recent graduate from the University of York, England, with a master’s degree in neuroscience and neuroimaging.  She is now pursuing her PhD in cognitive neuroscience.

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 the understanding of ASMR and pain circuits in the brain.

In August, 2020 she launched a pilot survey to support the rationale of her PhD research which will begin October, 2021.  The pilot survey collected data regarding ASMR trigger preferences, frequency of use, and its potential impact on the daily lives of those who experience it, as well as on their anxiety and pain levels.

The pilot survey was granted ethical approval from The University of York Ethics Committee, was created using Qualtrics, and was posted on ASMRUniversity.com and Reddit.com (via a subreddit category for people who enjoy taking surveys and experience ASMR).

Josephine has graciously shared the results from her pilot survey.  Below are the number of respondents, the survey questions, and the survey responses.

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Update #3: Licensed Professional Counselor continues to offer ASMR Counseling Sessions

Curt Ramsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia beginning his journey of offering ASMR counseling via in-person visits and live video sessions.

He has an ASMR counseling website and an ASMR video channel.

This is my 3rd update as I continue sharing Curt’s pioneering journey as a practitioner of ASMR counseling (First post Nov 10, 2020Update #1, Update #2)

In this update, Curt shares his experiences and perspectives about recorded ASMR sessions, live ASMR sessions/performances, ASMR counseling, ASMR spas, and ASMR therapy via apps.

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ASMR Project looking for participants with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)

Concrete Youth is a theatre company in the UK, providing multi-sensory theatre and education for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

Starting today, they are accepting registrations for their ASMR research project from caretakers, and teachers of individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

More details and a registration link follow.

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Participate in a research study about ASMR and the ability to perceive internal and external body cues

Fatimah Osman is an undergraduate student, pursuing a BSc in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK.

Her research project is investigating the relationship between ASMR and the ability to perceive internal body stimuli and external body stimuli (aka, interoceptive and/or exteroceptive sensibility).

Fatimah’s faculty supervisor for the study is Dr. Flavia Cardini, Senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.

Fatimah is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by the School of Psychology and Sport Science Research Ethics Panel (SREP) and Ethics Committee (approval code: PSY-S19-018).

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Participate in a research study about ASMR Videos and Sleep Quality

Chloe-Anne Devine is an undergraduate student, pursuing a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Lincoln in the UK.

Her research thesis is investigating the effect of watching ASMR videos on Sleep Quality

Chloe-Anne’s faculty advisor for the study is Dr. Simon Durrant, Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln.

Chloe-Anne is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee (Ethics Approval Code PSY20211084).

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Participate in a research study about ASMR videos as self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic

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).

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Update #2: Licensed Professional Counselor begins offering ASMR Counseling Sessions

Curt Ramsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia beginning his journey of offering ASMR counseling via in-person visits and live video sessions.

He has an ASMR counseling website and an ASMR video channel.

In the first post (Nov 10, 2020), Curt shared how he learned about ASMR, his earliest memories of ASMR, his investigations into learning about ASMR, the development of his ASMR practice, and his experiences so far with ASMR counseling.

In update #1 (Dec 14, 2020), Curt shared some challenges and successes he has encountered as he continues his journey into ASMR counseling.

In this update, Curt describes an ASMR counseling session with an ASMR artist and also begins a comparison of direct and indirect forms of therapeutic ASMR.

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