A primatologist shares her thoughts about the potential biology of ASMR

Dr. Amanda Dettmer has her Ph.D. in neuroscience and behavior.

She has been studying the mother-infant bond in rhesus monkeys for over 10 years.

I asked Dr. Dettmer some questions about animal behavior and ASMR.

She did a terrific job of summarizing her knowledge, experiences, and research in primatology and applying it to ASMR.

Dr. Dettmer even suggests some simple experiments that could help to identify the biology of ASMR.

Below are my questions in bold, followed by her replies in italics.

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Hand movements in ASMR videos could be helpful to learning new information

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversitySlow and methodical hand movements are common to many ASMR videos.

The hands may be tapping on something, demonstrating something, unboxing something, or just gliding rhythmically in the air.

And those videos can be soooo captivating.  Why is that?

Is it the tapping?  Is it the demonstration?  Is it the item being unboxed?

Well, new research suggests that perhaps it is the hands that are grabbing your attention.

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