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ASMR Trigger Checklist

Interested in figuring out your tingling tendencies? Find out what auditory, visual and tactile stimuli trigger your ASMR.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | November 6, 2023

ASMR, short for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, has taken the internet by storm in recent years. It's the phenomenon where certain sounds, feelings or visuals trigger a pleasurable tingling sensation in the scalp and neck, often followed by deep relaxation. The ASMR community has grown exponentially, with countless enthusiasts seeking out their preferred triggers and enjoying the calming effects of this sensory experience.

The ASMR Trigger Checklist (ATC) is a test that lists common ASMR elicitors, and measures how likely those triggers are to set off an individual's ASMR. With strong reliability and validity, the ATC is an invaluable tool for measuring individual differences within the ASMR population.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Below you will see a list of possible ASMR triggers. Please read each one and evaluate whether or not it would trigger your ASMR. If it is an ASMR trigger for you, then please rate how intense your ASMR experience would be (on average) when encountering those stimuli.

Step 1: Please rate intensity from 0 to 4, where 4 is the most intense ASMR experience. Select 0 if you do not experience ASMR from the trigger.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Poeirio, G. L., Succi, A., Swart, T., Romei, V., & Gillmeister, H. (2023). From touch to tingles: Assessing ASMR triggers and their consistency over time with the ASMR Trigger Checklist (ATC). Consciousness and Cognition, 115(2023), 1-14.

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