Summary of “The blissful and bizarre world of ASMR”

People watch ASMR videos in hopes of eliciting the response, usually experienced as a deeply relaxing sensation with pleasurable tingles in the head. It can feel like the best massage in the world – but without anyone touching you.
Even a video of someone’s hands can trigger ASMR – your brain has evolved to read that as a caring person demonstrating a helpful skill or valuable item.
A 2016 study found differences between the brain connections of those who experience ASMR and those who don’t.
In a recently published study, my coauthors and I reported what happened in the brains of 10 volunteers while they experienced ASMR. Participants watched their favorite ASMR videos while lying still inside a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner.
ASMR videos may be tapping into our natural ability to be soothed by the sights and sounds our brains associate with caring individuals.
Can ASMR be experienced without the stimulus of another person? Some people do report being able to stimulate ASMR in themselves by clearing their minds, focusing on themselves, focusing on loved ones, or thinking about ASMR triggers.
It’s not yet known why just some individuals experience ASMR, what neurotransmitters and hormones are involved in ASMR, or how the effectiveness of ASMR compares to other current clinical treatments for anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
Figuring out more about the biology and benefits of ASMR should make the world a calmer place.

The orginal article.