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ASMR Research & Support

ASMR Research & Support
Research Goals Document physical and psychological aspects of ASMR Obtain funding for further research Explore potential beneficial personal and social applications of ASMR Determine the natural progression of ASMR through an enjoyer's lifetime Develop a method to replicate ASMR in those who do not yet experience it Study effects of ASMR on depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, etc. Research Efforts Research efforts are currently focused on expanding our understanding of ASMR as an experience, and cataloguing the aspects of ASMR in a scientific, discrete fashion. Data compiled through our questionnaires and video trials will be used to build a complete research portfolio. Our portfolio will ultimately be the foundation of documentation used to request a full research grant and funding for a broader range of studies. Current

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How music touches the brain Finnish researchers have developed a new method that makes it possible to study how the brain processes various aspects of music such as rhythm, tonality and timbre. The study reveals how a variety of networks in the brain, including areas responsible for motor actions, emotions, and creativity, are activated when listening to music. According to the researchers, the new method will increase our understanding of the complex dynamics of brain networks and the way music affects us. Responding to Argentinian tango ASMR: A Guide To Those Mysterious Head Tingles ASMR is a relaxing, tingling sensation that starts at the top of the head and can extend through the limbs. It can be broken down into two types: A and B. Type A ASMR occurs by using only your mind. The sensation is consciously controlled and set off by certain thought patterns. Type B, however, is much more common and is an uncontrolled reaction to an external trigger. This external trigger is required in order for Type B ASMR to occur.

8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. Claire Shropshall: Braingasms and Towel Folding - The ASMR Effect "Hey everybody, this is The Water Whispers and I've decided to make a towel folding video today, and maybe if I have enough time I'll do some paper cutting...

5 Ways To Hack Your Brain Into Awesomeness Much of the brain is still mysterious to modern science, possibly because modern science itself is using brains to analyze it. There are probably secrets the brain simply doesn't want us to know. But by no means should that stop us from tinkering around in there, using somewhat questionable and possibly dangerous techniques to make our brains do what we want. We can't vouch for any of these, either their effectiveness or safety. All we can say is that they sound awesome, since apparently you can make your brain...

Nicholas Tufnell: ASMR: Orgasms for Your Brain For most of my adult life I've suffered from insomnia. I've tried many different supposed remedies, including hypnosis, intentional sleep deprivation, exercise, strict routines, warm milk before bed and even Zopiclone. None of the above has been particularly effective, with the exception of perhaps Zopiclone, which became useless after four weeks anyway as my body very quickly built up a tolerance. However, intentionally triggering my Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) seems to be, rather surprisingly, the most effective way of tricking my brain into gently drifting off to Bedfordshire. According to the ASMR Research & Support website, ASMR is "a physical sensation characterised by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs."

Less Empathy Toward Outsiders: Brain Differences Reinforce Preferences For Those In Same Social Group An observer feels more empathy for someone in pain when that person is in the same social group, according to new research in the July 1 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The study shows that perceiving others in pain activates a part of the brain associated with empathy and emotion more if the observer and the observed are the same race. The findings may show that unconscious prejudices against outside groups exist at a basic level. The study confirms an in-group bias in empathic feelings, something that has long been known but never before confirmed by neuroimaging technology. Researchers have explored group bias since the 1950s.

ASMR, the Good Feeling No One Can Explain If you’re like me, you have no idea what’s going on with the above YouTube clip. Six minutes of a pretty blond woman who goes by GentleWhispering and looks like every kid’s favorite babysitter whispering to the camera in a light Eastern European accent, caressing it occasionally, staring into it intimately, almost flirtatiously. It’s a little unsettling, almost like finding someone’s video diary and knowing immediately you weren’t supposed to watch it, and the tag “ASMR” doesn’t explain much, least of all why it has 125,000 views and more than 800 likes.

12.08.2010 - Our brains are wired so we can better hear ourselves speak, new study shows Like the mute button on the TV remote control, our brains filter out unwanted noise so we can focus on what we’re listening to. But when it comes to following our own speech, a new brain study from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that instead of one homogenous mute button, we have a network of volume settings that can selectively silence and amplify the sounds we make and hear. Activity in the auditory cortex when we speak and listen is amplified in some regions of the brain and muted in others. In this image, the black line represents muting activity when we speak. (Courtesy of Adeen Flinker)