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.
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.
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.
Damiana Conti is a graduate student pursuing her Masters of Science degree in the Department of Psychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy.
She focused her dissertation project on analyzing the subjective feelings and objective skin conductance responses to ASMR videos.
An increase in skin conductance is a measure of increased physiological arousal, like excitement or alertness. ASMR is usually thought of as a state of relaxation with decreased arousal, although there are several reports that suggest ASMR has a slight increased level of physiological arousal to it.
Below are a summary of her methods, some of her exciting data, and a link to her completed dissertation.
Emma Palmer-Cooper is a Researcher at the University of Southampton in the UK.
She is conducting a research project titled, “Unusual experiences and the association with metacognition.” This study includes unusual experiences such as ASMR.
Emma is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee.
The survey is open to individuals who watch ASMR videos, are over 18 years of age, and have no personal or family history of psychosis.
Safiyya Mank is an undergraduate psychology student at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England and also a research assistant for an ASMR project.
Her project is titled, “An investigation into ASMR and sensory sensitivity” and she is seeking participants who are 18 years or older for this study (sensitivity to ASMR triggers is not necessary).
Participants will access an online survey, watch an ASMR video, and answer questions about their ability to experience ASMR and how they normally react to specific sensory stimuli.
The survey has been approved by the University’s ethics committee, shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes, and will collect your replies anonymously.
The results of the study may be published in peer reviewed journals. Participants can obtain a full copy of the results of the research study by contacting the researcher.
She is being supervised by Dr. Thomas Hostler and Dr. Giulia Poerio, who published the first heart rate study about ASMR in 2018.
The survey closes soon, so click the link below to learn more or to participate if you are interested.
Lucas Simone is a junior at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, California.
For his AP Capstone Research Project, he chose to analyze the associations between gender and aspects of ASMR.
He surveyed over a hundred of his high school peers and collected data about gender, stress, ASMR video viewing, ASMR feelings, ASMR frequency, and more.
Below are a summary of his methods, some of his data, and a link to his final AP Capstone Research Report.