Date: Tuesday, June 25th from
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm EST
Topic: Brain Tingles: The science behind Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)
Presenter: Giulia Poerio, PhD
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) – often colloquially known as ‘brain tingles’ - is a complex emotional state characterised by pleasant tingling and relaxing sensations that initiate in the crown of the head. ASMR is experienced by some (but not all) people in response to a set of audio and visual triggers which typically include: whispering, soft-speaking, close personal attention, and delicate hand movements. As an experience, ASMR has received substantial public attention: millions of people are avid viewers of ASMR videos on YouTube which are created to induce the feeling and the videos are often reported to relieve insomnia and promote well-being. Despite widespread and growing public awareness of ASMR we still know very little about the science behind the experience. In this webinar Dr. Giulia Poerio will discuss the latest scientific research on ASMR: what we know, what we don’t know, and why it matters.
Dr. Giulia Poerio holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sheffield UK. Much of her work seeks to understand the interplay between cognition and emotion with a view to improving well-being. As well as working on the experience of ASMR, Giulia is interested in mind-wandering/daydreaming, sleep, imagination, and the impact of the arts on well-being. She has employed diverse psychological approaches and methods, often working at the intersection of psychological disciplines including cognitive psychology, affective science, neuroscience, clinical, and social psychology.