On Wed 8th December we have Clau Nader from the University of York coming to talk to us about her research on the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).
Please note the later than usual start time of 14:30. Click here to join the meeting
An experience known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is attributed to a series of physiological and psychological responses to sensorial stimuli. This term has gained popularity through social media platforms, where content producers share videos that include common sound triggers, such as whispering, tapping, and brushing. Scientists have started exploring potential causes and benefits of this experience in people’s wellbeing, because users report finding ASMR-inducing media helpful to cope with stress and decrease mild mental disorders including anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It has been observed that ASMRtists, as these media producers are commonly referred to, frequently use binaural microphones in their content production. However, there is scarce evidence that suggests that the use of binaural sound might be related to potentially stronger ASMR experiences, thus more health benefits. During this seminar, we will discuss an analysis of common triggers and diverse sound formats found in ASMR-inducing videos, as well as links to synaesthesia and wellbeing indicators reported through user experience.
Clau Nader is an audio engineer specialised in immersive sound design for film, TV, audio-visual media, advertising, and sonic art installations. Their work has featured in numerous festivals in Europe, the USA, and Latin America. Clau is currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD researcher at the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media of the University of York, and is a Doctoral Fellow at York’s Humanities Research Centre. Her doctoral research uses mixed methods to study physiological and psychological responses to different sound formats found in ASMR-inducing media as well as the feasibility of using this type of media as a psychosocial intervention for mental health and wellbeing in youth. Clau’s project is funded by the National Science and Technology Council in Mexico and the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation.