Thursday, October 28, 2010

Video Trials now Open to the Public

Well, what do you know: miracles do happen!

Earlier this week I posted news about the ASMR video trials entering closed beta – this was meant for us team members only. I originally thought that next month would see the video trials open to the public, but it seems as though with only one technical issue reported, things seem to be going well enough. The video trials were declared to be open as of yesterday, the 27th of October.
“Good news - the first video trial is ready to launch. If you're a volunteer, you'll be getting an email from me in the next 48 hours with a link and your login. If you haven't signed up, you still can - the form is on the main website, under the research tab. Very excited to begin the online trials! This is our first step towards compiling a portfolio, and ultimately towards our grant proposal.”  - Jenn
So, keep checking your email and wait for that message to drop. You have to use your ASMR website and forums login details to access the volunteer workspace. Here you must fill in your profile details, and then progress onto watching the trial video, and then afterwards fill out the survey.

That’s all there is to it. It’s not too daunting, and should only take 15 to 30 minutes total. So if you signed up as a volunteer, please make sure to do your bit and give this video trial a go. There is no real closing date, but it will keep going on until the 2nd video trial is opened.

Like Jenn says, if you haven’t yet signed up, it’s as simple as going over to the ASMR Research & Support website and registering. This is another plus of doing the trials this way. There’s no fixed end date, and you can still join even next month if you want. It’s rather flexible.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Video Trials to Enter Closed Beta Soon

We’ve had quite a good turnout for the video trials as far as sign-ups go. We must have at least twenty something volunteers if not more. Some signed up of their own free will, and others were recruited, mainly as members of a control group.

The team was due to have a meeting this past weekend, but it was postponed due to work being done on the questionnaire form regarding the first video trial. We are getting closer to the date at which we can commence with these trials. First, it has to enter a closed beta, where team members will view the video and fill out the survey; making any last tweaks to the questions or other additions.

I still remember posting a little while back when I said that the trials would begin this month if all went well. But it’s taking a bit longer to reach the starting date.

Right now, we’re probably looking to get the trials started next month. Although miracles do happen, and it could happen within the next week, right at the end of October – but I doubt it. Most of the team members have other commitments, and as much as you and I would like things to move along a bit quicker, it’s not exactly that simple. It never is.

So you may continue to sign up if you wish, over at the ASMR site, if you haven’t all ready, and to all who have all ready registered - we will let you know when the trials commence, likely along the usual channels, such as email, the Facebook group wall, the forums, and of course, this blog you’re reading right now.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Had a Haircut Yesterday. Any Tingles?

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Many of you can identify with getting a haircut acting as a trigger for ASMR. So today, after more than two years of growing it really long, I went in and had a cut.
I sat down at the basin to have my hair washed. Usually the feeling of the warm water, accompanied by the soft, gentle rubbing from the washer (man or woman, usually female though), massaging my scalp, gets me going.

This time it was different. Way different. She was so rough with my hair, and as far as ASMR goes, it was a turn off. No tingles this time. I’m surprised I had any hair left at all afterwards.

I still remember the good old days of being at my old salon or studio, where the girls would be so gentle. I almost fell asleep. I might go back there actually.

Then I had my hair cut, and it was butchered! Way shorter than I’d like, but still not what you’d call a short hair cut. Sort of like a medium. So you can bet that I won’t be going back there for a while… or ever. Probably another two years or so at least.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Type A Experience: ASMR Anticipation

The other day during our bi-monthly research team meeting, Domagoj brought up an interesting matter. It’s not usual for me to disclose the matters discussed during these classified meetings, but this is one of the things I can talk about, seeing as it isn’t sensitive information.

He claims that he doesn’t even have to watch a particular video, or other Type B trigger to even get ASMR. Before he even watches a clip that perhaps he knows will work for him, he starts to get the sensation.

I often get this too, and other team members agree. I came up with the theory that it’s linked to the anticipation of the trigger working. Knowing that you’re going to experience something great. We’ve all experienced this in one form or another. Who hasn’t looked forward to a trip or some event, and you start to feel happy, excited, and “light” long before you’ve even left the driveway?

It’s like I’ve heard before: “Anticipation, after all, is everything”.

This is a characteristic of Type A ASMR, I might add. Not relying on multimedia such as music or videos to trigger it. Just thinking about something, including a past episode of ASMR can trigger it in some. This is a good way of training your Type A ASMR, if you wish to. I find that with me it happens almost all the time now.

Friday, October 15, 2010

More Evidence of a Type C ASMR?: Digital Media and its Effects

If you’ve visited this blog before, or participated within the community, you’ll have heard of the two types of ASMR. There’s Type A, where a person is not affected by external stimuli; Type B experiencers are affected by sounds, sights, touch, and sometimes even smell, in rare cases. Not sure on taste - there might be some.

Type Bs are likely the most common, from what we’ve gathered so far. People who are a bit of both (A and B) are also somewhat common. People who are exclusively Type A are less common, it seems.

But there’s been debate over the effects of digital media. Most Type Bs to my knowledge enjoy watching videos on YouTube, films, or listening to sounds or music. I like to do all of these things.


                    YouTube: The ASMR experiencer’s source of instant gratification. 

But there are those who are not really affected that much, if at all, by these forms of digital media, or multimedia. Now one would assume that these people would be Type As – in fact at least one or two people on the ASMR research team (who identify themselves as being predominantly or even totally Type A) report this: not being able to gain any benefit (or sensillations) from watching the YouTube videos often posted on the Facebook Group wall, or in the forums.

But it was originally a concern brought up by former ASMR Research team member, and founder of the Yahoo Society of Sensationalists group, Ryan “Mistery” Perez, that there may even be Type Bs, as well as Type As, who experience (or rather don’t) this.

There are those who claim that they have to meet a person face to face, in the flesh, to even hope of getting a “hit” of ASMR. This would occur either by listening to them talk, or watching them do something. I’m not even sure if talking on the phone to somebody would qualify. It has to be in person.

So, it’s almost like a Type B - Type II: one who doesn’t experience ASMR from digital media. And I for one think it’s an unfortunate thing for those who are like this, as it may be harder for them to even experience ASMR. I just think how lucky I am that I can just turn on the radio or watch something on the TV or YouTube to get a hit. Although I’m sure I have also gotten it from people in real-life conversation.

One thing’s for sure: the video trials that will be conducted soon will answer some, if not a lot of these questions.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Community Update: 400 Members on Facebook

I was just over on the ASMR Facebook wall, and saw that Envelope, AKA Jenn, had posted some good news. There’s officially more than 400 members on the Facebook group! Only a little while ago it was 300, so it’s been climbing steadily this year.

“400 members! There's officially more than a few of us, now! Welcome to all our newest members, and thanks to all the oldest for being a part of this group.”

The actual tally at the time of writing is 401. ;)

I also see that on the ASMR forums, there’s more than 50 registered members. It was very quiet for a few weeks, but activity has picked up once more with some brand new members. I’d still like to see more people in the group going over to the ASMR forums and registering though. In fact in some threads you don’t even need to register. You can make a guest post, which is good if you have an aversion to creating accounts, like I know some people do.

So go over there if you haven't all ready, and check it out. The reason why I’m urging you to do so, is because there have been plans for some time to lock the FB threads and move discussions over onto just the ASMR forums. I’ve all ready migrated the threads on FB to the site.

So here’s to another 100 members by the end of the year, which will make it 500! You can be proud that you’re all part of this.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Theory: ASMR Could be a form of Slight Hypnosis

Hypnotic-spiral I read an interesting theory while combing the usual areas for things to post about as regards ASMR recently.

ASMR is believed by this person, whoever it was, to be a light form of hypnosis. He or she went on to say that the symptoms we experience while in the throes of an event are similar to that of hypnosis.

Both are triggered by a sound, voice or object, and that it relaxes us and we go into a light form of hypnosis – or the beginning stages of a hypnotic state.
“I have a theory on this "feeling". I believe what we are experience is the same feeling one experiences during hypnosis. The symptoms are pretty much the same and it's usually triggered by an event in which we concentrate heavily upon. It's the same idea in order to hypnotize a person using a voice or object. Some kind of sound or event relaxes our mind and we fall into a pseudo hypnotic state. We don't want to move since the state goes away. We are not in a full hypnotic state, but merely the beginning stages.
I’ve read up a little bit about hypnosis in the past. Basically its a state of consciousness where a person loses the ability to act voluntarily, and becomes susceptible to suggestion, and this state is achieved by fiddling with a person’s brain waves, and slowing them down. At an alert stage, our brains experience beta waves, but there are also alpha, theta, and delta waves.

So we might actually have tapped into an ability to self-hypnotise ourselves. It’s not impossible for it to happen. I’ve heard that the person who allegedly assassinated Robert Kennedy was under the influence of self-hypnosis. In fact, they say that all forms of hypnosis are in fact self-hypnosis. Sometimes it’s just someone guiding you.

Don’t get any ideas now! Although it might be something to test out. Maybe people who experience ASMR are more susceptible to being hypnotised.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tingle Triggers: Mr. Bean

capture_20_28_51_421 Without a doubt, Rowan Atkinson’s crowning achievement to date is Mr.Bean. He may well have done better series before it, like the incomparable Blackadder – but Bean is what most people think of when they think of Rowan. In fact, if people see him, they will most likely say, “Look, it’s Mr.Bean!”, rather than use his real name.

Why this is, is because Rowan perfected the art of starring in a comedy which, unlike Blackadder, had little dialogue. Blackadder relied on sarcasm, wit, and stinging comments to draw laughter. Bean was little more than a mime on screen. He had to rely on other methods to express his emotions – mainly using comical facial expressions and body language.

Long before Bean, he was called a “big-nosed, rubber-faced b@stard” (a scene in Blackadder III), but it was truly in Bean that you saw this in full.

So why am I talking about Mr. Bean here anyway? Well, besides that fact that the original British series celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, it’s because while watching certain episodes, I tend to get a tingle or two. By now, if you read this blog regularly, you’ll know what I’m on about when I say “tingle”.

The thing is, like I said, with the lack of dialogue, Rowan is forced to use other means of keeping your attention. In addition to the previously mentioned rubber-faced expressions, while committing some of his hilarious antics, he’ll often use sounds and careful motions to demonstrate his intent. Like the scene where he’s in the Church sitting next to the rather wary parishioner, and he wants to get a sweet out of his pocket, for example. Or perhaps in some scenes if Bean finds something interesting, he’ll gasp or do some other sort of mouth movement which doesn’t include speech.

People within the ASMR community have often said that watching somebody do something carefully or intricately will sometimes trigger an event for them. I think that Bean is probably one of the few examples I can think of when it comes to TV.

But I’m talking about the British series from the 90’s, mind you – not the Americanised adaptations that came after.

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