Professor Tony Ro Discusses ASMR on Smithsonian.com

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How Researchers Are Beginning to Gently Probe the Science Behind ASMR

Smithsonian.com, 3.16.17

Tony Ro, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the City University of New York Graduate Center, said in an email that the University of Winnipeg study “is unfortunately not as revealing or informative as it could have been,” given its small size and the fact that researchers were measuring subjects at rest, rather than while experiencing ASMR. The resting state differences could be due to other factors, like higher rates of anxiety or depression, he says. Still, writes Ro, who researches synesthesia and has also been intrigued by ASMR for a few years, “I do think that ASMR may be a form of synesthesia.”

Submitted on: MAR 16, 2017

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