Anders Köhler recently graduated from the University of Skövde in Sweden with a Degree of Bachelor of Arts and majored in Media Arts, Aesthetics, and Narration (Game Development – Sound).
His examination project investigated the psychoacoustic properties of ASMR sounds and was titled, “A study of scratching sounds within ASMR in a neutral sound environment.”
Anders’ goal was to try to find patterns and properties in ASMR trigger sounds. This is a terrific quest. What is special about crinkling, tapping, whispering, and scratching sounds that make them so blissful and delightful to ASMR enthusiasts?
He focused his project on scratching sounds and utilized state-of-the-art tools and methods to dissect the sound profiles.
In my interview with Anders he explains his goals, research design, and shares a table of his data with a full explanation of what he discovered in his project.
Below are my questions in bold, his replies in italics, and links to his study, a video summary, and his Facebook page.
Will Koziey-Kronas is an undergraduate student majoring in Professional Writing at the University of Toronto in Canada.
For his course, Introduction to Journalistic Investigations, he was assigned to write a profile piece.
He chose to profile ASMR through the experiences of an ASMR artist. Will explains why,
“People who aren’t familiar with ASMR are usually fascinated by it when their introduced for the first time. I figured a piece about an ASMR creator, written as an introduction to ASMR, would be very compelling.”
Dr Agnieszka Janik McErlean is the lead author of the publication, “Assessing individual variation in personality and empathy traits in self-Reported Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.”
At the time of the publication she was a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at James Cook University in Singapore. In January 2018, she will be a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Psychology at Bath Spa University in the UK.
Dr Janik McErlean co-authored the paper with Dr Michael Banissy and the research was published March 30, 2017 in the journal Multisensory Research.
In my interview with Dr Janik McErlean she shares how she became interested in researching ASMR, the goals and methods of her study, the insights she uncovered about ASMR triggers, and her findings about the personality and empathy traits of ASMR responders.
Veronica Pastore is pursuing her M.Sc. degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.
She chose ASMR for the topic of her Master’s Thesis, which was titled, “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) Videos: An Exploratory Analysis of Communication and Sales Potential for Companies.”
Stacey Watkins is a senior Clinical Psychology major at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.
I wrote an earlier article about her when she began collecting data for her research project titled, “ASMR and the Reduction of Anxiety”.
Good news, Stacey has completed the research project and has some interesting data about ASMR and anxiety to share.
In my interview with Stacey she explains the goal and methods of her project, her findings related to her 5 hypotheses, an unexpected finding in her data set, challenges she encountered in her project, and tips for other ASMR researchers.
What can be more comforting than an ASMR video? How about an ASMR video of candy and other sweet treats.
Ms Candy Blog ASMR is an ASMR artist living in New York City and she agrees, along with her YouTube followers. In 2014 she launched her Ms Candy Blog channel and then soon launched her Ms Candy Blog ASMR channel to deliver tingles with the treats.
She also has a Master’s degree in Theatre and has been recently recruited as a livestreaming educator.
In my interview with Ms Candy Blog ASMR she talks about her most popular video, the evolution of her videos, her biggest challenge as an artist, her association with Ru Paul, how her videos help others, and her scientific curiosity about ASMR.
How many peer-reviewed research publications about ASMR currently exist? The answer is three.
I’ve created this post as a quick resource for anyone looking to learn more about these publications.
Below are the details for each publication, along with links to each publication, summaries of the data, interviews with the authors, and podcast episodes about each publication.
Holly is an ASMR artist who lives in London, England and creates videos for her YouTube Channel, Holly ASMR.
She starting creating videos less than a year ago but has already posted over 100 videos on her channel and is about to hit 30,000 followers.
To achieve that many followers that quickly is a testament to the quality of her videos and the genuine and consistent effort she puts into her productions.
In my interview with Holly she shares her recent inspiration for creating ASMR videos, her most popular video, her biggest challenges, valuable tips for new ASMR artists, and how her videos are helping others.
Denisa “Deni” Vondruskova is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology at Palacky University, Olomouc in the Czech Republic.
Deni is also an ASMR artist. She creates recorded videos for her YouTube channel Deni ASMRCZ, and she also offers live video ASMR sessions.
I was excited to be able to interview Deni because I’ve been interested in talking to more artists who are offering live ASMR sessions.
In my interview with Deni she points out the paradox of her two most popular videos, her inspiration for offering recorded and live ASMR, how her live ASMR sessions differ from her ASMR videos, the challenges of providing live ASMR sessions, and how her efforts are helping others.
Researchers at the University of Winnipeg in Canada have recently published their second peer-reviewed research publication 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 publication was authored by Beverley Fredborg, an adjunct lab member in the Embodied Emotion Laboratory, Dr. Jim Clark, the Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Stephen Smith, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.
I recently wrote a short article which summarized some of the findings of this new publication.
This article now brings you an explanation of their study in the words of the lead author, Beverley “Bev” Fredborg, who is also currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.