autonomous sensory meridian response


: asmr
… reports started to surface about ASMR, a handy acronym for the rather unwieldy "autonomous sensory meridian response." Put in plainer terms, it's the tingly, shivery feeling some people get when listening to a curious subset of sounds: crinkling wrapping paper, folding towels, whispering voices.Melissa Dahl
Autonomous sensory meridian response, popularized in YouTube videos and elsewhere online, is a term given to a physical sensation of euphoria and relaxation that's triggered by specific sounds and feelings, like someone whispering or fingers lightly stroking the bristles of a hairbrush.Kyle Martin

Examples of autonomous sensory meridian response in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of it has nothing to do with organizing itself: The videos fall into the broad, wildly popular genre of ASMR, which means that their audio is intended to generate an autonomous sensory meridian response—i.e., brain tingles—that can feel soothing or relaxing. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 8 Jan. 2024 Others incorporate elements of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response), amplifying the sights and sounds of every bite. Sarah Garone, Health, 4 May 2023 For a living, Tessa does sound design and makes ASMR videos, short clips designed to trigger autonomous sensory meridian response, or the pleasant tingling sensation down the back of the neck and spine. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2023

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2011, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of autonomous sensory meridian response was in 2011

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“Autonomous sensory meridian response.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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