Autonomous sensory meridian response

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An illustration of the route of ASMR's tingling sensation[1]

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), sometimes auto sensory meridian response,[2][3][4] is a tingling sensation that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It shows as a tingling of the skin (paresthesia)[5] and has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia.[6][7]

People who experience ASMR have a "low-grade euphoria" characterized by "a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin". ASMR is most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control.[1][8] A genre of videos which intend to stimulate ASMR has emerged, of which over 13 million are published on YouTube.[9]

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  3. Kelsey McKinney, 'These Mesmerizing, Satisfying Slime Videos Are the Internet’s New Obsession' (13/04/17) on Intelligencer
  4. Amol Rajan, 'ASMR is now mainstream' (23/04/19) on the BBC
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  8. Ahuja, Nitin K. (2013). "'It feels good to be measured': clinical role-play, Walker Percy, and the tingles". Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 56 (3): 442–451. doi:10.1353/pbm.2013.0022. PMID 24375123.
  9. "Brain tingles: First study of its kind reveals physiological benefits of ASMR". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 23 October 2019.