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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.


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.