Binaural ASMR, small cerebral orgasms provoked by YouTube videos

Videos of kittens, extracts from series and films, gameplays, video clips… Youtube this is the realm of the moving image and it has become so popular that it has gradually delighted television viewers. However, in some of the videos that we can find on this site, the image is a secondary element and all the importance goes to the sound.

These are the little corners of YouTube where the types of content multiply in which the sound produces sensations so intense that it alone is enough to guarantee hundreds of thousands of views. And no, that’s not a euphemism for anything else. We refer to records Binaural ASMRa new phenomenon related to psychology, new technologies and communities formed on the Internet.

Definition of the “ASMR” concept

ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, i.e. an autonomous meridian sensory response. This opaque combination of words is an attempt to define a biological phenomenon that is difficult to explain. It’s a pleasant feeling associated with a tingling which passes through the head and parts of the neck and back and is produced by a mix of auditory, visual and cognitive stimuli.

The subjective state to which the term ASMR refers is something like the sensation produced by massage based not on contact with different surfaces, but on the surrounding sound, the images and the psychological feedback that all of this produces. Another more intuitive way to refer to ASMR is to “brain orgasms”.

Its origins go back to social networks

What is curious about ASMR is the recent discovery. The term first appeared on a Facebook page in early 2010, when the concept referred to by the acronym had already been discussed and discussed in various Internet forums two years earlier. Since the existence of the phenomenon became known, there has been a proliferation of videos in which “ASMR artists” experiment with the sound of voices and objects to trigger ASMR responses in their audience.

The result? A relatively well-connected online community and that, despite his youth, he is gaining followers by leaps and bounds.

What are ASMR videos?

ASMR is the label used to designate this biological phenomenon, but it is also used to designate videos designed to induce states of pleasure like this on the viewer. To achieve this effect, people who like to create this type of content use microphones prepared to capture sound in three dimensions (binaural listening systems) that allow you to create a sensation around the listener that the headphones are placed.

It is also common to use whispers and repetitive sound patterns to create a kind of massage which is transmitted by sound waves. Binaural ASMR videos are characterized by a relatively long duration, without unexpected noises and based on low volume and noiseless sounds. Also, in order for the surrounding feeling to be greater, it is normal for the videos to be thematic and include role-playing.

Here is a short presentation on the idea of ​​ASMR:

Why are ASRM videos useful?

YouTubers interested in the world of ASMR videos tend to find it useful for enhancing relaxation and meditation sessions, facilitating sleep, or simply providing sound pleasure. But… do these recordings really work? The truth is that some people are more prone than others to feeling this kind of pleasurable tingle, and there are even people who don’t even notice it.

Plus there’s a big one lack of scientific research in terms of studying the sensations and patterns of neuronal and hormonal activation induced by ASMR sessions. However, that’s because the idea of ​​ASMR has only been around for a short time, not because the videos used to produce it don’t work. Either way, it’s very difficult to study anything that hasn’t been established in a theoretical model that explains how it works, so it looks like we’ll have to wait a while to see some promising lines of research. in this regard.

And finally… some more examples

It is possible to create ASMR videos based on touching objects, such as the following:

This other emulates an ASMR hairdressing session:

This YouTuber gets thousands of views a week for creating ASMR videos in which she appears to be whispering in Polish:

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