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
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
Awakening – the point where an experiencer realises they have
casual or colloquial term for ASMR.
buzzing – Colloquial terms for ASMR.
Wash – Colloquial term for ASMR, related to more spiritual theories.
Chaser – Someone who will go to great lengths to experience ASMR, particularly when
Chills – colloquial term for Frisson, a
phenomenon perhaps related to ASMR in some manner.
Clicking – refers to “Amygdala Clicking”, which some refer to
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
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
Enjoyer – person who experiences ASMR, with a more
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.
When ASMR takes place.
Headgasm – casual or colloquial term
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.
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
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
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
Ripple – see wave.
Rusher – Someone who preaches about ASMR; talks about it constantly.
Sanctuary – a place where asmers congregate or meet;
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
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”.
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,
Sync or Synchronise
– when asmers claim to experience ASMR at the same time.
Surge or Surging – Colloquial terms for
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
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.
Tuning – Term used for when you feel an ASMR event begin to
Type A – refers to a person who experiences
ASMR without external triggers, such as when thinking about a past event, or
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
Last updated on Monday, the 13th of February, 2012
These are just mini-updates that I was too lazy or busy to make a post for. They also list changes or additions that have been made to the blog, for interest's sake and to follow how the blog is developing.
- Work in progress on new page.Full list here.
- Enabled mobile layout for blog.
- Updated hotspots page.
- Work in progress on new page.
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