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ASMR - a massage for your brain

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„Autonomous sensory meridian response“, which ASMR stands for, is a state of complete relaxation or so-called „tingles“ in the scalp.
This feeling is produced by certain triggers such as sounds but also visual and physical triggers.

A lot of people experience ASMR, not knowing what it is or that it does have a name. However, not everyone is able to experience this trancelike phenomenon.
As there is a huge variety of different ASMR-triggers, it is also possible that one just hasn't found their trigger yet.

Whispering, speaking softly, roleplays, tapping on different surfaces, crinkling or light patterns and slow handmovements are the most common triggers for people who experience ASMR.

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How does ASMR feel?

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Some use ASMR as a sleeping-aid or to escape their stressful everyday lives.
Other ASMR-users don't experience human contact on a day-to-day basis and benefit from roleplays, which make them feel cared for. These types of videos are especially realistic, because they are recorded binaurally.
    
ASMR-Videos are also very helpful to people with mental illnesses. People who suffer from anxiety, depression or panic attacks watch and listen to the videos, because of their calming effect.

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An ASMRtist talks about ASMR-videos

ASMRtist fastASMR describes which part ASMR-videos play in her everday life.

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Most ASMR-videos are recorded in a way that creates the illusion that the sound is being created in a 3D-space. That way, the listener thinks that the sounds are happening somewhere next to them.

To create a binaural effect, two microphones are needed. They have to be positioned facing outward, about the width of a human head apart from each other. Also there has to be an object in between the microphones, that simulates a human head. This setting is accomplished best with a dummy head microphone.
Unfortunately these types of microphones are very expensive, however there are cheaper alternatives on the market that provide satisfying ASMR-worthy results. It is also possible to DIY your own dummy head.

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ASMR-triggers

ASMRtist fastASMR reveals the most popular ASMR-triggers and her own favourites

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Whispering a part of the book "The Picture Of Dorian Grey" by Oscar Wilde

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Crinkling with a plastic bag

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tapping on a metal surface.

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Turning pages.

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The ASMR-scene is most prominently seen on youtube. There you can find hundreds of youtube channels of so-called „ASMRtists“ (ASMR + artist), with huge fanbases. The scene is especially big in the US. But German ASMRtists also have relatively big fanbases and are being watched regularly. Just like any other youtuber, ASMRtists are very individual and have their own style. A lot of ASMR-users seem to react to certain voices etc., which means that everyone has their favourite ASMRtist. People who experience ASMR gather on youtube, to talk in the comments and find new ASMR-triggers, for example videos in different languages or unusual sounds. Most of the comments under the ASMR-videos are about how thankful the ASMR-users are for the possibility to relax. Furthermore, some people learn what this feeling in the scalp is in the comments.

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