Emma Barrett and Nick Davis actually proposed a body map of the ASMR sensation in their 2015 research paper.
They created the image of the body map from the data gathered in their survey. The image shows that the strongest ASMR sensations were in the head, spine, and shoulders – and got weaker with distance from the head.
Their image of the ASMR sensation is almost identical to body map images in a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal titled, “Topography of social touching depends on emotional bonds between humans.”
This is Part 3 of my blog post series on the first peer-reviewed paper about ASMR.
As a refresher, the paper is titled, “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): a flow-like mental state”. It was authored by Emma Barratt and Nick Davis and was published on March 26th, 2015 in the journal PeerJ.
This post is going to focus on the meaning of some of the data, as well as highlight how future studies could build on the helpful foundation provided by the authors of this paper.
This post is mostly for students and researchers looking for ASMR research ideas. Just look for the sections in this post marked “Next steps” for potential ASMR research projects you could do.
Let’s begin by reviewing and understanding the methods and the participants, this will help to keep the overall meaning of the data in an appropriate scope.
The first peer-reviewed paper about ASMR has been published in the journal PeerJ.
I am highly excited about this event and very proud of the authors of this paper.
The paper is titled, “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): a flow-like mental state” and is authored by Emma Barratt and Nick Davis. The authors are members of the Department of Psychology at Swansea University in the United Kingdom.
The publication was officially published as a peer-reviewed publication on March 26, 2015, but was initially published as a “PrePrint” on December 18, 2014.
The study was reviewed and approved by the Swansea University Department of Psychology Ethics Committee prior to the initiation of data collection.
This is such an important achievement that I will cover this event in several blog posts. This first post will simply focus on summarizing the data in the publication.