Are “Brain Orgasms” the Magic Remedy for Stress?

The weird magic behind ASMR, and it’s surprising benefits.

Brandon Sarmiento
Aug 5, 2020 · 5 min read

What ASMR-Sensitive Folks Have to Say

“It’s easy to give the ASMR community a weird look because it’s so niche. But when we choose to understand the value that it can bring, we realize that it’s no different than listening to music or playing video games to relax.”

Titled as “ASMR 20 Triggers To Help You Sleep ♥,” this viral video has gained over 35,000,000 views! Undoubtedly, the ASMR community on YouTube is thriving — with millions of viewers chilling back to the sounds of markers scribbling on paper and makeup brushes brushing the mic.

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What Science Says About ASMR

In two 2018 studies led by Giulia Lara Poerio and fellow researchers from the University of Sheffield & Manchester Metropolitan University, they found surprising benefits that ASMR may have for listeners.

  • Stress: Small decrease (non-ASMR group)and a large decrease (ASMR group)
  • Sadness: Small decrease (non-ASMR group) and a medium decrease (ASMR group)
  • 3.4 BPM average decrease (ASMR group)

A (Possible) Magic Remedy For Stress

While the research being done on the effects of ASMR is developing as we speak, it seems promising that the audiovisuals of exaggerated sounds can serve as a medium of therapy — much like the meditation or music one plays to get into a tranquil state of mind.

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