Neuroscience graduate student writes extensive scientific article about ASMR

Kerin Higa is a student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program at University of California, San Diego.

She has published research about behavioral abnormalities in mouse models of psychiatric illness and is currently researching how mitochondrial dysfunction may be contribute to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders.

Kerin also enjoys writing about science for the general public and science communities.

She has written for the “Gene-of-the-week” blog for and is currently writing for the neuroscience blog, NeuWriteSD, which was founded by students in her graduate program. Her writing topics have included hoarding, dissociative identity disorder, and additional behavioral mysteries.

But the latest blog topic she tackled was the science of ASMR. Her in-depth article is titled “Technicalities of the tingles: the science of sounds that feel good. #ASMR” and was posted at the NeuWriteSD blog on June 11, 2015.

In my interview with Kerin she shares her love for Bob Ross, the five most important points in her article, helpful tips for writing about the science of ASMR, and more.

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

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