ASMR-Experience Questionnaire (AEQ): a data-driven step towards accurately classifying ASMR responders

Swart, Thomas R.; Bowling, Natalie C. and Banissy, Michael J.. 2021. ASMR-Experience Questionnaire (AEQ): a data-driven step towards accurately classifying ASMR responders. British Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0007-1269 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) describes an atypical multisensory experience of calming, tingling sensations that originate in the crown of the head in response to a specific subset of audio-visual triggers. There is currently no tool that can accurately classify both ASMR-Responders and non-Responders, while simultaneously identifying False-positive cases that are similar sensory-emotional experiences. This study sought to fill this gap by developing a new online psychometric tool – the ASMR-Experiences Questionnaire (AEQ). Participants watched a series of short ASMR videos and answered sensory-affective questions immediately afterwards. Using a k-means clustering approach, we identified five data-driven groupings, based on tingle- and affect-related scores. ASMR-Responders differentiate based on ASMR propensity and intensity (ASMR-Strong; ASMR-Weak); non-Responders differentiate based on response valence (Control+; Control-; False-Positive). Recommendations for how the AEQ and the respective output groups can be best utilised to enhance ASMR research are discussed.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12516

Additional Information:

We thank Dr. Giulia Poerio for her guidance in the interpretation. This research has been supported by a grant from the BIAL foundation #71/18.

Keywords:

ASMR; autonomous sensory meridian response; classify; questionnaire; psychometric; k-means

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
24 May 2021Accepted

Item ID:

30122

Date Deposited:

04 Jun 2021 12:11

Last Modified:

09 Jun 2021 14:42

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/30122

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