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The Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

This is an uncommon sensory experience, described as a low-level euphoric experience.  It begins as a tingling on the skin and the back of the head and moves down the neck and body.  It may promote boding between individuals, such as between parent and child.

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It can be triggered by:

  • Listening to a whispering voice
  • Listening to quiet, repetitive sounds from something mundane such as turning the pages of a book
  • Watching somebody attentively execute a mundane task such as preparing food
  • Loudly chewing, crunching, slurping or biting foods, drinks, or gum
  • Receiving personal attention
  • Listening to tapping, typically nails onto surfaces such as plastic, wood, metal, etc.

The mechanism seems to be a release of endorphins and neurotransmitters.