There has been a whole internet subculture devoted to Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), the tingly, blissful sensation some people experience when certain stimuli are presented to them.

YouTube has several examples of ASMR, which include performers tearing paper bags, stroking their hair, folding napkins, and whispering into microphones. Known as “single heads,” these admirers watch the videos to reduce stress, relieve insomnia, and feel a tingling sensation.

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 In 2015, the first peer-reviewed study of ASMR was published, with results indicating that although the videos could help some people with anxiety, chronic pain, and sleep disorders, they might also help with depression.

Below are the reasons and components that make people love ASMR sounds:

1. ASMR videos are claimed to lower the heart rate of people watching them, explaining the intense relaxation experienced. There is also a possibility of observing heightened levels of skin conductance which is an indication of arousal. Your brain plays a key role in all of this.

Some neurochemicals, including endorphins and oxytocin, are released during ASMR. The neurochemicals responsible for producing feelings of relaxation are these.

Would you mind telling me what kind of question you have? As with interpersonal bonding, grooming, and caring behaviors, neural regions are activated during ASMR. Positive attention of any kind.

Therefore, our brains interpret non-threatening sounds as relaxing, which is further enhanced when accompanied by individual attention and caring habits. Listen to them on YouTube and Spotify yourself and then you’ll thank us later!

2. As part of ASMR, several brain regions are activated during bonding or affiliative behaviors; similar to those activated during sociable behaviors

You could be activated by ASMR videos because they are devoted to somatic sensations, like kissing, grooming, and touching. Playing with your hair while with a loved one is similar to playing with gentleness.

Oxytocin, a brain chemical associated with relaxation during bonding and grooming, is likely to be strongly involved in ASMR.

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3. It is also possible that ASMR is a type of synesthesia, where some people can “taste” shapes when exposed to certain smells, or “hear” sounds when exposed to certain sounds during exposure.

4. A person with ASMR is likely to be open to sensory experiences more generally as a result of their personality. They tend to be better at measuring mindfulness, especially when it comes to being curious about how their bodies are responding to various sensations.

5. Those who watched ASMR videos on average had lower heart rates (by more than 3 beats per minute). In addition to increased skin conductance, ASMR participants also experienced increased autonomic nervous system activity.

These two patterns of lowered heart rate and heightened skin conductance are indicative of ASMR’s emotional complexity, a phenomenon that can provide relaxation and euphoria simultaneously.

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