HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR — a newly acknowledged phenomenon, which leaves some devotees with what they call a “brain orgasm” — is the subject of adult e-tailer giant Adam & Eve’s latest research effort.
Adam & Eve’s informative quiz can be found here.
ASMR stimuli include auditory, visual and tactile experiences. While non-sexual, ASMR triggers can be anything that gives a person “that tingling sensation that starts in the scalp and moves throughout the body.” It creates a blissful calm that may be utilized for insomnia, stress or meditation.
“Common ASMR triggers are the sight and sound of pages turning in a book, rain on a tin roof or a tickling whisper in your ear,” said Dr. Kat Van Kirk, Adam & Eve resident sexologist. “Others — seeing someone fold laundry, fingernails tapping on a table or watching and listening to painter Bob Ross — are more obscure, but still have a following.”
A recent “Are You ASMR Prone” Hot Jar poll from AdamAndEve.com asked more than 2,000 visitors if they have ever experienced this unique tingling sensation, what caused it and if they have or would be willing to engage in any of these triggers intimately. Fifty-seven percent said they had experienced an ASMR sensation resulting from whispering, light blowing or hand movements. Another 82 percent of adults polled said they intentionally engage in activities to produce this tingling sensation.
“The scientific community has only recently delved into the ASMR movement,” Dr. Kat. said. “While many people have positive reactions to ASMR triggers, many others aren’t affected at all. And some have negative reactions to the stimuli. However, we believe there is an opportunity to take ASMR experiences to the next level, and explore how reaction to certain stimuli could be translated to the bedroom and enhance arousal and orgasm for many couples.”
Adam & Eve’s AMSR quiz is designed to help individuals assess whether they have ASMR triggers and how they can put them to good use. For more information on ASMR, click here.
Numerous YouTube videos have brought ASMR to light. Popular ASMRists TingleBelle and Sweet Whispers contributed to the Adam & Eve ASMR Quiz.