Tuesday, February 12, 2013

An fMRI study on ASMR Will Take Place Soon At Dartmouth College, NH

Earlier this month, a Reddit user known as Blochte claimed he was conducting a study to determine the effects of ASMR trigger videos on the brain, primarily in an attempt to learn which parts of the brain were being activated. He has to date looked at the effects of these videos on people who claim to not experience ASMR, and soon wishes to begin scanning people who do experience it. So he has reached out to people on Reddit and our forum over at Research & Support to see if anyone is interested in volunteering. Blochte now has approval to conduct these studies, so people are welcome to apply.

The study should take place within the next month or two, the location being Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. It should, according to Blochte, happen all on one day for about a total of 1.5 to 2 hours. Those who can make the journey – please try, as the community at large would really love nothing more than to get answers, and this may well be the way we’ll get them. The reports of the study will be hopefully be published in May, 2013.

It has been suggested that financial compensation might be possible but only for a limited audience, obviously. People who live near enough, as in the North Eastern United States, might be able to carpool in order to reach the destination. Jenn, the ASMR Research & Support team organiser has offered to do this for anyone who can’t otherwise make the trip. You can email her at temporcanary at gmail dot com with any queries.

You can reach Blochte on Reddit and the forum by sending him a private message, or you may email him at bryson(dot)c(dot)lochte(at)dartmouth(dot)edu. Make sure to include “ASMR” somewhere in the subject field.

There are a few qualifications that you need to meet before applying:

  • Volunteers must be over the age of 18 (it has been suggested the maximum age might be 35 in the case of too many volunteers – Blochte only wants about 12 people in total).
  • You must be able to have an ASMR experience with the help of a trigger video (so presumably Type B experiencers are preferred over Type A), preferably while lying in an fMRI.
  • You must be able to be MRI scanned. So if you have a pacemaker, metal implants, or suffer from a debilitating condition such as claustrophobia, then you unfortunately aren’t suitable.
  • You must be able to arrange your own transport.


  1. How ironic that the study will use an MRI. I tend to experience ASMR whenever I get one.

    1. That right there is why it's so difficult to do an ASMR study. Many of us get tingles in the context of a study or examination, so how can you isolate the effects of a specific video, or any other stimuli within that context? Hopefully they'll be enough verbal interaction to distinguish between "no tingles" and "tingles".


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