Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ASMR: A Glossary of Terms

This is an alphabetical list of terms and so on that crop up on this blog, and elsewhere on the internet, that refer to ASMR. This might help you when it comes to interpreting a lot of what you read on the subject.

Feel free to add your own in the comments, and I might just add them in some time! Remember to not only include a term, but also a description if possible. Indeed, this list isn’t complete and will likely be edited/updated in the future.

AIE – Attention-Induced Euphoria; other term for ASMR.
AIHO – Attention-Induced Head Orgasm; other term for ASMR.
AIOEU – Attention-Induced Observant Euphoria; other term for ASMR.
Ascension – When an experiencer “levels up”. Usually this means that control of ASMR has improved, or that experiences are much more intense.
ASMR – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response; the most commonly used unofficial official acronym for the phenomenon.
Asmer or Asmerian – person who experiences ASMR.
Awakening – the point where an experiencer realises they have ASMR. 
Braingasm – casual or colloquial term for ASMR.
Buzz or buzzing – Colloquial terms for ASMR.
Celestial Wash – Colloquial term for ASMR, related to more spiritual theories.  
Chaser – Someone who will go to great lengths to experience ASMR, particularly when fading.
Chills – colloquial term for Frisson, a phenomenon perhaps related to ASMR in some manner.
Click or Clicking – refers to “Amygdala Clicking”, which some refer to ASMR as.
Crackle or Crackling – colloquial term for ASMR.
Community – term used to describe the ASMR Group on all network sites.
Dopamine – thought to be the anti-ASMR chemical in the brain, acting as a precursor to adrenalin.
Echo – see wave.
Ecstasy – the wonderful tingling feeling that accompanies, and identifies ASMR.
Empathy – thought to be a common contributing trigger, particularly with Type A ASMR, but also possible with Type B.
Enhancer – tactic that experiencers use to prolong or intensify ASMR events, such as stroking the skin, or exposing themselves to the cold.
Enjoyer – person who experiences ASMR, with a more positive connotation.
Euphorian person who experiences ASMR.
Event – When ASMR takes place.
Evoker – name for a person who creates trigger videos. 
Experiencer – A person who experiences ASMR.
Fade or Fading – ASMR events become less frequent and/or intense, sometimes ceasing entirely.
Frequency – Similar or related to syncing; being on a frequency – as regards ASMR, or the same frequency as another experiencer. 
Frisson – Phenomenon thought to be either the same thing as ASMR, or related in some way.
Goose Looping – casual or colloquial term for ASMR.
Goose Bumps – may sometimes accompany ASMR, particularly when it progresses beyond the head and neck area, and in to other parts of the body.
Hairgasm – casual or colloquial term for ASMR.
Halo – Descriptive term for ASMR; the tingling on the scalp feels like a halo.
Happening – When ASMR takes place.
Headgasm – casual or colloquial term for ASMR.
Hit – When ASMR takes place.
Hotspot – see source.
Hypnosis – ASMR is believed by some, due to similar “symptoms”, to be akin to a light form of hypnosis.
Incidental trigger – a trigger which is not meant to produce ASMR; it’s believed by some that most triggers encountered are incidental.
Inducer – another name for a vessel.
Intentional trigger – when a trigger is supposed to produce ASMR, or is created by someone with the intent of triggering ASMR in another person.
Narcolepsy – believed to possibly be linked to ASMR. Some experiencers have been diagnosed as being narcoleptic – meaning that they have a tendency to fall asleep in relaxing situations, and perhaps inappropriate places.
Nervalanche - combination of two words: nerve and avalanche. Colloquial term for ASMR. 
Network – refers to the collection of sites dedicated to ASMR.
Occurrence – When ASMR takes place, or could refer to a trigger.
Phenomenon – term often used on this blog to refer to ASMR.
Responder – refers to how well someone responds to triggers. Some experience strong reactions; others weak reactions.
Ripple – see wave.
Rusher – Someone who preaches about ASMR; talks about it constantly.
Sanctuary – a place where asmers congregate or meet; somebody’s house.
Satiation – When one can no longer experience for a time, likely due to overexposure. This period can last hours, days, or even longer.
Seeker  – see chaser
Sensation – Refers in this case to ASMR.
Sensillation(s) – combination of two words: sense and titillation. Used occasionally to refer to ASMR.
Sensor(s) – another term for an experiencer.
Serotonin – thought to be the chief contributing chemical in the brain which when secreted acts as a precursor to ASMR events.
Source – a place, such as a library, where ASMR events are often experienced.
Spark or Sparking – colloquial term for ASMR, particularly when an event begins.
Spell – linked in a way to incidental triggers. When a person knows that you are experiencing, and/or actively tries to trigger ASMR it might “break the spell”, and the sensation might be less intense, or not experienced at all.
Spotting or track spotting – when an experiencer points out a specific moment in a song or movie that triggers; particularly popular on websites such as YouTube, and sometimes accompanied by annotations such as “3:33”.
Synaesthesia – thought to be linked to ASMR in some way; what we experience might be a type of synaesthesia. “The production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.” (COED)
Sufferer – humorous term for experiencer, with an ironic, negative connotation.
Sync or Synchronise – when asmers claim to experience ASMR at the same time.
Surge or Surging – Colloquial terms for ASMR.
Tingles or Tingling – Common colloquial terms for ASMR.
Trigger – usually refers to Type B ASMR, where an external or outside occurrence influences ASMR. Although triggers could serve to cause the sensation in Type A experiencers, where it would be more of a psychological or abstract form; coming from within.
Trigger Immunity – When a visual or audio trigger fails to stimulate ASMR, perhaps due to overexposure; one builds up a sort of tolerance level.
Trigger video - often found on social networking sites like YouTube. These are videos that trigger ASMR in a person. Videos that don’t are not trigger videos, obviously.
Tune or Tuning – Term used for when you feel an ASMR event begin to take place.
Type A – refers to a person who experiences ASMR without external triggers, such as when thinking about a past event, or meditating.
Type B – refers to someone who experiences ASMR during, or after a trigger takes place, usually stimulating one of the senses, usually touch, sight, and hearing; less commonly taste and smell.
Vessel – an individual who triggers ASMR in experiencers. For example, Bob Ross.
Wave – term used to describe or related to intensity of an ASMR episode. One feels waves of tingles on the scalp that ebb and flow.
Whisperer – name for a person who creates trigger videos, specifically whisper videos.
WHS – Weird Head Sensation; other term for ASMR.

Last updated on Monday, the 13th of February, 2012

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