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Project 18

Project 18

The Effects of ASMR on Stress Levels and Loneliness in Teenage Girls

Students Isabella Watts, Hiba Shahzad
School Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Teacher Brian Higgins
Venue DkIT

Our project investigated the effects that ASMR has on stress levels and loneliness in teenage girls by measuring skin temperature, change in heart rate, Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and Loneliness Scale (UL-8) scores.

A sample of 280 female students aged 12-16 (~ 70 students per year group) were divided into four treatment groups: ASMR sound only video, ASMR spoken video, positive control (guided mindfulness meditation video) and negative control (eye makeup tutorial lacking ASMR triggers).

Heart rate (paired t-test results): All groups except the negative control experienced a statistically significant average drop in heart rate (p < 0.05).

Temperature (One-way ANOVA + Tukey Post Hoc test results): ASMR did not cause a statistically significant change in skin temperature compared to positive/negative control.

Perceived Stress Scale (One-way ANOVA + Tukey Post Hoc test results): The PSS scale showed a significant difference (p < 0.05) between spoken ASMR (average 33.74) and the negative control group (average 29.34). Compared to the non-ASMR control group: ASMR may cause people to feel more stressed.

Loneliness Scale (One-way ANOVA + Tukey Post Hoc test results): ASMR has an effect on loneliness compared to the negative control group (p > 0.05). The mean score of the loneliness scale for the spoken ASMR was lower than the negative controls’ mean, indicating ASMR increases levels of loneliness.


ASMR does reduce heart rate. According to our results, ASMR causes an increase in perceived stress scale and UL-8 loneliness scale scores. ASMR does not have an impact on skin temperature.


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