How similar are ASMR tingles and music chills?

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityWilliam Halimou (Will) is a 4th year undergraduate student at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA. He is a neuroscience major with a strong interest in music composition and ASMR.

For his Sensory Neuroscience Senior Seminar course he decided to write a review paper about music-induced chills, and he also included ASMR in his paper.

Will shared his paper with me and I found it very well researched and written. His depth of knowledge on music-induced chills and interest in ASMR made him a terrific resource for comparing these two phenomena.

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The first orchestral composition inspired by ASMR

Jocelyn Morlock is the Composer in Residence of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Canada.

She has the admirable distinction of being the first woman composer in residence in the history of this orchestra.

Now she has another terrific distinction – she may be the first person in history to create an orchestral composition inspired by ASMR.

And the title of her musical composition does a wonderful job of evoking ASMR.

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ASMR research and music therapy research

Relaxing music and ASMR triggers have their similarities and their differences.

Similarities include: both can induce relaxation, both have strong auditory component, and both can induce a type of chills or tingles.

Differences include: music is almost all auditory (vibrations can be another sensory input method), the type of chills induced are slightly different, and music may have a stronger emotional component.

And then there is the biggest difference of them all.

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Article about ASMR in the NY Times

An article about ASMR recently appeared in the NY Times electronic blog section and in the print version on page D6.

It was a well written article authored by a woman with insomnia who accidentally stumbled on ASMR videos while hoping to find soothing videos of rustling papers.

She explains how she did find some lovely crinkling paper ASMR videos.  These videos ended up helping her with her insomnia better than several other prior treatment types.

The article provided a good overview of ASMR and mentioned some top artists like Maria of Gentle Whispering and Heather Feather.

She also talks about how many of the scientists she reached out to were reluctant to talk about ASMR.

But not all.

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