Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): a flow-like mental state

by Apr 20, 2016Research5 comments

Emma L. Barratt, Nick J. Davis


“… Further exploration into ASMR’s relationship with Misophonia may also yield interesting results. Studies examining the co-occurrence of Misophonia and ASMR may shed more light on the possibility that these two experiences are related, or potentially opposite poles of the same spectrum.

Similarly, the relationship with synaesthesia suggested by the results of this research should be taken further, using more robust consistency measures to verify that the high instance of synaesthesia in ASMR capable individuals.”

Important Note:

Not everyone with misophonia has ASMR as well (this is far from the case). However these two sensory disorders do co-exist for some people and that’s what this study examines.

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  1. Tory

    I hated most of these sounds. Was I meant to be relaxed by them? I was saddened by my irritation. I tried a bit of the whispers, and the tapping, and I felt awful. I have had good results from quantum light breath, and deep yogic breathing. I’m sorry I hated these videos.

    • Allergic to Sound

      Hi Tory, please don’t worry, you’ve not done anything wrong. It’s just a piece of research which shows the two conditions can co-exist in some instances. *Some* (definitely not all) people with misophonia also have ASMR. You would have known that you had this since childhood – it’s a peculiar tingly, bubbly sensation related to certain sounds and proximity.

      • Torymiller

        Good. I was having a hard time sleeping, and then the heard these videos, briefly and thought: gah! I’m in hell. Haha, no, I just realized that I’m not that sort who likes that stuff. No, I never felt tingling from sounds. Razors in my ears, that high voice whisper lady…oh dear! Thanks for the reassuring reply.

  2. Kristy

    I have misophonia and a little misokinesia. Certain random mouth noises and repetitive hand movements have made me angry all my life. Sudden loud sounds like a hammer pounding make me blink every time, so I decided to check this ASMR out. I listened to a couple of these videos with whispering and soft brush sounds and got a ton of tingles. Stopped and started the video again and the tingles reproduced. Wild. I expected the whispering to drive me nuts. My response was much stronger to the female whispering. The soft brushing sound is also a strong trigger. The tingles started across my head and shoulders, then went down my whole body and I had to stop the video because it was relaxing but overwhelming! The tingles have happened before but I never correlated it with those sounds. Soft music intros do the same thing. I thought it happened to everyone. That just blew my mind.

    • Allergic to Sound

      Hi Kristy, that’s good to hear! I have a friend who’s doing some research into this so will update the site if I hear any more. I have ASMR as well, it’s totally bonkers but kind of cool at the same time.


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