Turns out this voice thing is an actual thing

Apparently, our reaction to voices is what’s called an “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”. Research is being pursued into the phenomenon and everything. There’s also a really good blog post about it here. Don’t you just feel a little bit special?

Apparently, the triggers for it are:

  • Exposure to slow, accented, or unique speech patterns
  • Viewing educational or instructive videos or lectures
  • Experiencing a high empathetic or sympathetic reaction to an event
  • Enjoying a piece of art or music
  • Watching another person complete a task, often in a diligent, attentive manner – examples would be filling out a form, writing a check, going through a purse or bag, inspecting an item closely, etc.
  • Close, personal attention from another person
  • Haircuts, or other touch from another on head or back
Apart from the haircuts *shudder* I’d say just about all those triggers work for me. I remember watching my sister writing in her diary when I was a kid and completely zoning out to it. Same when I’d watch my friends doing their makeup before a night out. Though they’ve also missed out “the crackles on old black and white movies”. An important one, that.

So what do you think of that?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Emily
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 05:51:04

    Those are all triggers for me as well. I love accents, especially Korean. I would ask you to have an accent category but it’s hard because you don’t want to unintentionally insult someone by saying they have an accent.

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