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The awesome as well as the awful: Heightened sensory sensitivity predicts the presence and intensity of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)

Poerio, Giulia L and Mank, Safiyya and Hostler, Thomas J (2022) 'The awesome as well as the awful: Heightened sensory sensitivity predicts the presence and intensity of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).' Journal of Research in Personality, 97. p. 104183. ISSN 0092-6566

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Abstract

ASMR is a complex positive emotion experienced by some people in response to triggers including auditory, visual, interpersonal and tactile stimuli. We propose that the ability to experience ASMR and its resulting intensity might be underlined by individual differences in sensory sensitivity to exteroceptive and interoceptive cues. In a pre-registered study (N = 557), we examined whether sensory sensitivity measures (1) differentiated ASMR from non-ASMR responders and (2) predicted ASMR intensity. Results showed that people with (stronger) ASMR had greater interoceptive sensitivity (MAIA2) and bodily awareness (BPQ-BA) and were more likely to be classified as highly sensitive (HSPS). Results are discussed in relation to individual differences in environmental sensitivity, interoception, and emotional appraisal processes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ASMR; Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response; Sensory sensitivity; Interoception; Bodily awareness; Highly sensitive person; Well-being; Tingling
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2022 10:59
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2022 14:11
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32059

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