ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It is a pleasant and relaxing tingling sensation that some people experience in response to certain stimuli, such as soft whispers, tapping sounds, or gentle brushing.
ASMR videos, which typically feature people creating or simulating such sounds, have become popular on platforms like YouTube as a way for people to experience this sensation. The videos often include whispered or soft-spoken narration, tapping, scratching, or brushing sounds, and other types of gentle, repetitive noises. ASMR is still a relatively new and not well-understood phenomenon, but many people find it to be a soothing and stress-relieving experience. However, not everyone experiences ASMR, and the triggers that can induce ASMR can vary greatly from person to person.
Can Process Theology be presented through ASMR Videos?
Process theology is about living lightly on the earth and gently with others for the sake of the common good. It is centered in four ideas: that all things are interconnected, that all life has intrinsic value, that all things are in process, and that the universe is enfolded within a larger life who loves and guides each and all with a tender care that nothing be lost.
The fact that all things are in process means that the universe is a creative advance into novelty. The tenderness of God is not only a soft hug or quiet whisper but also a lure toward creativity and newness. We meet the living Unity in whose heart the universe unfolds when we are open to new ways of thinking and new forms of art.
One new form is ASMR art, often presented in video form. ASMR videos are naturally soft spoken. They typically include whispering, rustling papers, tapping fingers, peeling, grooming, chewing food, and other ASMR triggers. They can be weird, creepy, hilarious, relaxing, meditative, or prayerful.Buddhists make them, Christians make them, and people who "spiritual but not religious" make them.
Dear Gibi. You have more 4.4 million viewers on Youtube. How would you introduce and explore process theology through an ASMR video? Consider the four ideas above. How would you render them into a digital artistic form? How would you whisper the idea that we humans are becoming with one another and the more than human world, and that in our becoming we are beckoned, not only to have peace in the heart and tingling in the brain, but also love for one another, with no one left behind? How would you use the ASMR art form to create a script, a short story that inspires us - millions of us - to live with respect and care for all life?
You can do it. Please make them, put them on your Youtube channel, and we'll promote.
- Jay McDaniel
The sound of lips smacking, such as when eating.
Slow or soft speech patterns, including whispers.
Receiving personal attention from someone, such as having your hair done, having your makeup done, receiving an eye exam, receiving a massage, etc.
Having someone play with your hair.
Certain sounds may trigger ASMR, like crackling fire, rustling paper, white noise, running water, etc.
Watching someone perform a meticulous task, like fixing an electronic device, working origami, making tea, etc.
Our fMRI results demonstrated that there was significantly increased activation in specific areas of the brain during moments of ASMR “tingling” compared to non-tingling moments. The brain regions found most active during the tingling sensations were the nucleus accumbens, mPFC, insula and secondary somatosensory cortex. These results are the first to demonstrate unique neural activation associated with the experience of ASMR. Overall, these results suggest that the ASMR videos are generating tingling and relaxing sensations by activation of brain regions previously observed during experiences like social bonding and musical frisson.
Is ASMR Real or Just a Pseudoscience?
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is all the rage lately. Is it real? Is there something special about people who have it?