Diane Duane

A little science. A little magic. A little chicken soup.

This is interesting: ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response)

I get this (often while writing) and didn’t even know it had a name. Fascinating.

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a physical sensation characterized by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs.

Most ASMR episodes begin by an external or internal trigger, and are so divided for classification. Type A episodes are elicited by the experiencer using no external stimuli, and are typically achieved by specific thought patterns unique to the individual. Type B episodes are triggered involuntarily by an external trigger, via one or more senses, and may also involve specific thought patterns associated with the triggering event. Both types of triggers vary between individuals, but many are common to a large portion of ASMR enjoyers.

Common external triggers:

  • Exposure to slow, accented, or unique speech patterns
  • Viewing educational or instructive videos or lectures
  • Experiencing a high empathetic or sympathetic reaction to an event
  • Enjoying a piece of art or music
  • Watching another person complete a task, often in a diligent, attentive manner - examples would be filling out a form, writing a check, going through a purse or bag, inspecting an item closely, etc.
  • Close, personal attention from another person
  • Haircuts, or other touch from another on head or back

Anybody else get this?

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    Woah. I get this a lot when I write, same as the other person that commented.
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    All the time!
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    Reblogging so as to have a handy explanation here on my blog.
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    I get them, without fail, every time I listen to “Apotheosis” by Austin Wintory. It’s the final song in Journey (the...
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    …you mean it has a NAME!?
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    I have been taking note of every single time this is happened to me since this first popped up on my dash. It happens,...
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    So that’s what it’s called. ASMR. I’ve always felt this sense of relaxation whenever I watch silent videos (watch the...
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