Final Project Annotated Bibliography

Works Cited

Abbruzzese, Jason. “How YouTubers Discovered a Human Condition No One Had Talked about Before.” Mashable, Mashable, 26 Jan. 2015,

Barratt, Emma L., and Nick J. Davis. “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): a Flow-like Mental State.” PeerJ, vol. 3, 2015, doi:10.7717/peerj.851.

Copeland, Libby. “How Researchers Are Beginning to Gently Probe the Science Behind ASMR.”, Smithsonian Institution, 16 Mar. 2017, This Smithsonian article discusses recent research that has been done to study ASMR. Researchers use fMRI and electroencephalography to study whether there is a difference in the brains of those who experience ASMR. This article will be useful for my project because it synthesizes the different findings from preliminary studies on ASMR. They acknowledge that at this point, there is not a large breadth of data on ASMR, but that some conclusions may begin to be drawn. Additionally, this article is interesting because it notes a potential connection between ASMR and synesthesia.

Del Campo, Marisa A., and Thomas J. Kehle. “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) and Frisson: Mindfully Induced Sensory Phenomena That Promote Happiness.” International Journal of School & Educational Psychology , vol. 4, no. 2, 26 Feb. 2016, pp. 99–105., This article researches ASMR and frission. Frission is described as a shivers or chills sensation produced by an outside stimulant. The authors look at how ASMR and frission can have positive wellness boosting effects. Specifically, the article analyzes how these two phenomenons are connected and what types of effects they produce. This article will be useful for my research because it looks at exactly what I am hoping to study–what are the health benefits associated with ASMR and how are they created. The research will provide scientific context to my project and help me understand ASMR on a deeper level.

Fredborg, Beverley, et al. “An Examination of Personality Traits Associated with Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).” Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 8, 23 Feb. 2017, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00247. This research study analyzes personality traits associated with ASMR sensitivity. Specifically, they look at how participants with ASMR aligned with traits from the Big Five Personality Inventory. Researchers found that those able to feel ASMR, ranked highly on “Openness-to-Experience” and “Neuroticism.” The research done in this study will be useful for my project because it sheds light on the personality traits of those who experience ASMR. This may help in understanding why the phenomenon has taken off in the way it has.

Gibson, Caitlin. “A Whisper, Then Tingles, Then 87 Million YouTube Views: Meet the Star of ASMR.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 15 Dec. 2014,

Leschin-Hoar, Clare. “Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling.” National Public Radio, 16 Aug. 2017, This article looks at a specific category of ASMR–eating and cooking videos. It also talks about the divisive feelings audiences have towards ASMR. It seems to either resonate or be unsettling. Additionally, they discuss some of the issues surrounding ASMR, including, the lack of current research because some believe it is “new-agey.” This article will be useful for my project because it addresses a variety of topics and issues surrounding ASMR. I found this article to be particularly interesting because at the start, it notes people with misophonia may not like ASMR videos. Recent studies, however, have found connections between the two that suggest a possible link.

Parkansky, Phyllis. “ASMR: Internet Braingasms?” SYNAPSE, University of Pennsylvania,—phyllis-parkansky.html.

Princing, McKenna. “When Sounds Trigger Rage, Anxiety-or Tingly Euphoria.” Right as Rain by UW Medicine, University of Washington, 14 Dec. 2017, This article discusses the potential overlap between ASMR and misophonia. The University of Washington article describes misophonia as the “anxious” feelings someone may have when they hear certain sounds (i.e. chewing). Additionally, the article explores the connection to synesthesia, which comes up often in ASMR research. This article will be helpful for my project because it discusses the links between ASMR and two other sensory-related conditions. It also provides important background on synesthesia and misophonia.

Smith, Stephen D., et al. “An Examination of the Default Mode Network in Individuals with Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).” Social Neuroscience, vol. 12, no. 4, 2016, pp. 361–365., doi:10.1080/17470919.2016.1188851.