autonomous sensory meridian response


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… 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

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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