Increased misophonia in self-reported Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response

Agnieszka B.Janik McErlean*, Michael J. Banissy

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a sensory experi- ence elicited by auditory and visual triggers, which so far received little attention from the scientific community. This self-reported phenomenon is described as a relaxing tingling sensation, which typically originates on scalp and spreads through a person's body. Recently it has been suggested that ASMR shares common characteristics with another underreported condition known as misophonia, where sounds trigger negative physiological, emotional and behavioural responses. The purpose of this study was to elucidate whether ASMR is associated with heightened levels of misophonia. Methods. The Misophonia Questionnaire (MQ) was administered to individuals reporting to experience ASMR and to age and gender matched controls. Results. Compared to controls ASMR group scored higher on all subscales of MQ including the Misophonia Symptom Scale, the Misophonia Emotions and Behaviors Scale and the Misophonia Severity Scale. Discussion. Individuals reportingASMRexperience have elevated levels of misophonia.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere5351
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Agnieszka B. Janik McErlean was supported by a PhD Studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Janik McErlean and Banissy.


  • ASMR
  • Misophonia
  • Sensation
  • Sound
  • Synaesthesia


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