Thursday, November 8, 2012

The ASMR Logo and Research Competitions

Okay, here’s the deal. I’ve been given some free promotional codes by the developer of this app – the one for Apple iOS, called ASMR Mobile. The developer suggested I could hold a competition of sorts and that the winners would get a code to be able to download the app for free with.

I decided to host a logo/art contest. This ties in with ASMR Research & Support’s newly announced Kickstarter project. We need some material for future that we can use with our media packages, which we will send to donators as part of a gift tier to show our gratitude. And we want to give the budding artists out there a chance to contribute. So we’re looking for logos and art that we might possibly use to put on stickers and other items. Slogans are welcome too, but must be presented in the form of a nicely designed graphic.

This contest will be open for entries until the end of December. When it closes, the judges will choose the winners. There’s a limit of two images that one may submit. The winners will each receive a free promo code to download the ASMR Mobile app for Apple iOS for use with an iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

Then there’s also the essay competition, which was thought up by Envelope. What this calls for is ideas to best research ASMR. So if you’re not much for designing logos, then never fear because your talents are needed here (you may enter both competitions if you like, though). You may only submit one essay, and the winners will also get a free code for the app and perhaps more.

Both competitions are now on, until the end of the year. For the rules of both competitions, make sure to head on over to ASMR Research & Support’s contest page for more details.

If you can’t access the contest page, then head over to our Facebook group (it’s closed so you have to join to enter). We’ll have all the details there at some point too. There’s also our Facebook page, where we have the competition details and rules under the post for November 8, 2012.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a huge supporter of furthering research into ASMR, and documenting medical evidence to support this immensely interesting phenomenon. I would love to present to you guys all my personal research and understanding of ASMR over the 30 years of being an "experiencer" who can trigger episodes at will with or without external stimuli.

    However my main hypothesis is perhaps at odds with this initiative. I believe that the more research and awareness there is of ASMR, the lesser the ability is for "experiencers" to achieve episodes of ASMR. I hypothesize that there is a direct linear relationship between increased awareness and acceptance of this phenomenon and diminishing sensation of ASMR.

    As it has been described in a number of online blogs and articles in the Independent and Huffington Post, having to explain ASMR opens the "experiencer" to potential ridicule and/or suspicion. The more secretive the episodes and less awareness there is around it, the stronger the triggers and reactions tend to be. It is a very personal and intimate feeling, and part of the fact that it is a hidden or intensely personal act adds to the overall intensity of the sensation during episodes of ASMR. In my experience, finding the ASMR community and learning that this is something that others experience as well at first was incredibly gratifying and gave me a sense of belonging and camaraderie with people who shared this previously private experience with me. However after a short while, simply the knowledge that this was no longer my personal private phenomenon actually diminished the intensity and effectiveness of triggering ASMR.

    As you can see, even this email is from an alias account, I'm hesitant to reveal my real name and details. On blogs and youtube I tend to comment using this alias and not my real name. What I have found is that the more visible I am, or the more people that know about my "addiction", whether they know and share ASMR experiences or not, the less intense ASMR episodes end up being.

    I understand that this would present a paradox which some may call a convenient excuse for our community to not seek medical justification for this phenomenon, but I strongly believe that medical acceptance of ASMR will negatively impact its effectiveness for us experiencers. At the very least, this would be a potential hypothesis to bear in mind before embarking upon research and studies into ASMR.

    I would love to be kept up to date on how this progresses, and appreciate your time and attention.


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