What is ASMR? Do you have it?

asmr2ASMR is a physical sensation characterised by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp. It is commonly triggered by soft or accented voices, personal attention, ambient sounds or watching people work silently, among others.

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or 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. The name ASMR was coined in 2010 in an effort to find a name for this sensation. It is wildly regarded as inaccurate, but it is the name that is most commonly used regardless.

Other attempts to describe the sensation refer to it as a “brain massage”, “head tingle”, “brain tingle”, or “spine tingle”.

Since the mechanism of ASMR is not thought to be related to sexual orgasm, most terms involving orgasm are considered misleading.


Tonight I learned about ASMR and watched a video designed to elicit the response. I mostly just listened to it instead of watching. Do you have it? I definitely had some unexpected emotional reactions to the sounds, but my head didn’t tingle. I got oddly nauseous at one point, but overall it was very interesting and a little surprising. I might actually have some ASMR.

Here’s another one, with inaudible whispers. I think I may sleep talk like this, whispering in language that doesn’t exist. For both of these, I was in my recording studio and listened with very nice headphones. It triggered me to feel super sleepy at 8 pm.

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