Josephine Flockton is a recent graduate from the University of York, England, with a master’s degree in neuroscience and neuroimaging. She is now pursuing her PhD in cognitive neuroscience.
Her PhD research thesis aims to be the first to explore what happens in the brain during an ASMR experience using the neuroimaging technique of magnetoencephalography (MEG), to further the understanding of ASMR and pain circuits in the brain.
In August, 2020 she launched a pilot survey to support the rationale of her PhD research which will begin October, 2021. The pilot survey collected data regarding ASMR trigger preferences, frequency of use, and its potential impact on the daily lives of those who experience it, as well as on their anxiety and pain levels.
The pilot survey was granted ethical approval from The University of York Ethics Committee, was created using Qualtrics, and was posted on ASMRUniversity.com and Reddit.com (via a subreddit category for people who enjoy taking surveys and experience ASMR).
Josephine has graciously shared the results from her pilot survey. Below are the number of respondents, the survey questions, and the survey responses.
Fatimah Osman is an undergraduate student, pursuing a BSc in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK.
Her research project is investigating the relationship between ASMR and the ability to perceive internal body stimuli and external body stimuli (aka, interoceptive and/or exteroceptive sensibility).
Fatimah’s faculty supervisor for the study is Dr. Flavia Cardini, Senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.
Fatimah is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by the School of Psychology and Sport Science Research Ethics Panel (SREP) and Ethics Committee (approval code: PSY-S19-018).
Chloe-Anne Devine is an undergraduate student, pursuing a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Lincoln in the UK.
Her research thesis is investigating the effect of watching ASMR videos on Sleep Quality
Chloe-Anne’s faculty advisor for the study is Dr. Simon Durrant, Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln.
Chloe-Anne is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee (Ethics Approval Code PSY20211084).
Matt Frank is a graduate student, pursuing an M.A. in media studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
His research thesis is investigating the experiences and motivations of watching ASMR videos as a form of self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
His thesis is tentatively titled: “Notions of ASMR in Quarantine: Affect, Self-care, and Healthcare”, and his faculty advisor is Dr. Elizabeth Ellcessor, Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.
As part of his thesis study, Matt is looking for participants for his virtual focus group, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee (IRB-SBS #3160).
Participate in a dissertation research study dedicated to understanding the effects of ASMR stimuli for potential clinical application for mental health problems.
Phoebe Leech is an undergraduate Psychology student at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England.
Her dissertation is titled: “An Investigation into ASMR Stimuli and Their Effects on Common Mental Health Problems” and is being supervised by Dr. Adam Qureshi.
Phoebe is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee.
The survey is open to English-speaking individuals above the age of 18. You do not need to have experience with ASMR, anyone is welcome to participate.
Angelica Succi is a post-graduate Erasmus trainee at the University of Essex (UK), Department of Psychology.
She is investigating the correlations between emotional experiences, sensory sensitivity, perception, and ASMR.
Her research project is titled: “Physiological and self-reported correlates of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)”.
Angelica’s advisors for the study are Dr. Helge Gillmeister and Dr Giulia Poerio. Dr Poerio published the first heart rate study about ASMR in 2018.
Angelica is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Essex.
Josephine Flockton is a master’s graduate, specializing in neuroscience and neuroimaging from the University of York, England, and is pursuing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience.
This survey will gather invaluable pilot data about individuals’ experiences of ASMR and its potential therapeutic benefits, to support the rationale of her PhD research and invite further study.
Her PhD research thesis aims to be the first to explore what happens in the brain during an ASMR experience using the neuroimaging technique of magnetoencephalography (MEG), to further our understanding of the phenomenon and its relation to pain circuits in the brain.
Gina Gilpin is a graduate student, pursuing an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London (UCL), England.
Her research thesis is investigating the personality and empathy traits of individuals who experience ASMR, frisson (e.g., music chills) and mirror-touch synaesthesia.
Her thesis is titled: “Investigating Various Atypical Multisensory Experiences and the Associated Personality and Empathy Traits.” Gina’s faculty advisor for the study is Professor Sophie Scott, Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL.
Gina is looking for participants to take her online survey, which has been reviewed and approved by an Ethics Committee. The only requirements for the survey are that you must be right-handed, English speaking, and over 18 years old.
Jemma Frost and Safiyya Mank are undergraduate psychology students at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England.
Their dissertation project is titled, “An investigation into ASMR immunity” and they are seeking participants who are 18 years or older for this study (eligible participants must have experienced ASMR and immunity to ASMR).
Participants will access an online survey, watch an ASMR video, and answer questions about their ability to experience ASMR and their experiences of ASMR immunity.
Damiana Conti is a graduate student pursuing her Masters of Science degree in the Department of Psychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy.
She focused her dissertation project on analyzing the subjective feelings and objective skin conductance responses to ASMR videos.
An increase in skin conductance is a measure of increased physiological arousal, like excitement or alertness. ASMR is usually thought of as a state of relaxation with decreased arousal, although there are several reports that suggest ASMR has a slight increased level of physiological arousal to it.
Below are a summary of her methods, some of her exciting data, and a link to her completed dissertation.