The Squishy, Slimey Science Of ASMR

Updated: 2020-05-19 17:45:02
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A woman playing with slime. Slime is a popular subject of videos meant to trigger the ASMR response.

A woman playing with slime. Slime is a popular subject of videos meant to trigger the ASMR response.

Encore episode. The science is nascent and a little squishy, but researchers like Giulia Poerio are trying to better understand ASMR — a feeling triggered in the brains of some people by whispering, soft tapping, and delicate gestures. She explains how it works, and tells reporter Emily Kwong why slime might be an Internet fad that is, for some, a sensory pleasure-trigger.

Read more about Emily's reporting on ASMR on the NPR Shots Blog.

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This episode was produced by Brent Baughman and edited by Viet Le.

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