University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is the experience of tingling sensations in the crown and back of the head as a response to a range of audio-visual triggers such as whispering, tapping, and hand movements (Hostler, 2020). The number of people who produce and utilize ASMR inducing media has increased in the last few years, but little research has been done investigating its use among college students. This experimental study sought to investigate if viewing ASMR videos could reduce heart rate and perceived stress in college students. Twenty participants were shown either an ASMR video or a control video. Before and after watching the video, participants measured their heart rates and completed a perceived stress questionnaire. They were also asked questions about previous experiences with ASMR videos. The data revealed significant changes in heart rate. There were no significant differences found on perceives student stress. Results regarding participants experiences with ASMR videos are reported, however findings were limited based on small sample size.
Gautam, Pratibha; Mariano, Gina; and Hammonds, Frank
"Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) Use in College Students,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 28:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol28/iss2/5