About the Study

Please read the following information, it will outline what the research is about, allowing you to make an informed choice to continue with the study, if you wish.

Investigation into traits of absorption, mindfulness and state of flow in individuals who experience ASMR and controls

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a self-reported multisensory phenomenon resulting from the presentation of auditory and visual stimuli eliciting pleasant tingling sensations which often originate from the head and disperse into the periphery, throughout the body. Many individuals report feelings of relaxation and calm as a result of experiencing the phenomenon. Previous research has highlighted potential connections between the ability to experience ASMR and different personality traits. This research aims to look at the differences in traits of absorption, mindfulness and the ease of experiencing flow between those who experience ASMR and those who do not. 

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires and an online survey lasting no more than 20 minutes. The questionnaires will ask you basic demographic questions, in addition to specific questions on the personality traits mentioned above. Those who experience ASMR will also be asked questions on the intensity and nature of the ASMR which they experience. Taking part in this study is completely voluntary and you can stop taking part in the study at any time without explanation or prejudice. Please note that as this survey is completely anonymous once you have completed it, it will not be possible to withdraw your data as your responses will not be identifiable in any way. To take part in this study you must be between the ages of 18 and 35.

The information gathered will be shared between Eleanor Osborne-Ford and Agnieszka Janik McErlean and internal/external marking moderators. The data from the study will be used in research publications and reports (thesis, journal articles). As this survey is anonymous you will not be identified in any way in these publications. The findings of the study will be made available upon request at the end of the research project, which will be 16th April 2019. If you are interested in this we ask that you contact one of us via email (contacts given at the end of the information).

If you are interested in participating and/or have questions you wish to ask please contact Eleanor Osborne-Ford (eleanor.osborne-ford16@bathspa.ac.uk) or Agnieszka Janik McErlean (a.janikmcerlean@bathspa.ac.uk).

Thank you.