Mental Health Benefits of ASMR: The Research and Application

Craig Richard, Ph.D.

May 17th, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

1.5 CE Credits

Online via Zoom

Introductory- Psychologists who have little or no background in a specialized skill or content area, but do hold a doctorate degree

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a deeply relaxing feeling also called "Brain Tingles" or "Brain Orgasms". The soothing sensation is commonly stimulated by ASMR videos on YouTube, as well as, real-world moments of positive, personal attention. People across the globe report ASMR as being helpful for reducing stress and falling asleep, with potential benefits for clinical conditions like anxiety, insomnia, and depression. The presentation will cover the history, popularity, biological origins, research, application, and potential health benefits of ASMR.

 After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to 

  • Understand the stimuli and sensations of ASMR
  • Understand the application and health benefits of ASMR



Dr Craig Richard is co-author of the first brain scan study of ASMR, coordinator of the largest database about ASMR, founder of the website ‘ASMR University’, author of the ASMR book ‘Brain Tingles’, presenter of the ASMR TEDx Talk, ‘Whispered Revolution of Relaxation’, host of the ASMR podcast "Sleep Whispers" (as ‘Whispering Harris’), and consultant to the first ASMR Super Bowl commercial. His research and interest in ASMR have been featured by ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Al Jazeera, NPR, Associated Press, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Scientific American, Women’s Health, and The Today Show. Dr Richard is currently a professor at the Bernard J Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University in Virginia.