Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Virtual Haircut: Roxanne Canfield Cite Post #1

If sounds have ever made you "tingle," you may have experienced ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response). Below is a link that will give you such an experience, in which the sounds will make you feel as if you are receiving an actual haircut! (Wear headphones!)

When I first put on my headphones, I was hesitant to believe that the video would be convincing. Though, as soon as the "barber" began using certain tools such as the buzzer, I began to experience a tickling sensation around my neck and a tingling sensation on my scalp. Not only was this extremely strange, but it was somewhat relaxing! Despite the fact that there is not a lot of research on ASMR, I can infer that this relates to concepts discussed in class and assume that this is an example of how our brain "fills in" what it believes it should be experiencing. The implications of this phenomenon are that ASMR can be used for people with anxiety, as it tends to have relaxing and soothing qualities that can be immediately accessed by someone experiencing distressing symptoms if they have a phone at hand. 

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