Sound and how the brain reacts to it
May 28, 2010 at 10:10 am #13383
I have a question concerning sounds and why my brain reacts the way it does to some sounds. I have wondered this for years and tried to look online for answers but did not know how to find the answer. I want an answer from someone who knows the answer, not from someone guessing. Hopefully one of you knows something about sound and how sound, the ear and the brain interact.
As long as I can remember I have had a delightful reaction to certain sounds. Even as a kid I recall enjoying some sounds so much that I did not want that sound to stop. Some examples of my experiences are the rustling of papers, or even people turning the pages of books in a library. My sister used to put curlers in her hair and the sound of her going through her box of curlers would cause a certain reaction to my body. The reaction I am talking about is like this….
My body reacts to the sounds as if I am taking a drug almost. It is so pleasant that I want it to go on forever. I get chills in a good way and my entire body will react to the sound. Nothing sexual here it is more like a drug. I will even eventually get sleepy from it and start to close my eyes. It is almost too much pleasure and peace at once when it happens. There are dozens of these kinds of sounds that causes this. For example my husband is in the grandkids playroom right now cleaning it up and there are all kinds of pleasant sounds. The sounds of legos being thrown in a box together drives me to feel that sensation of complete peace and a kind of high. Like I said before it is like being drugged. That is the closest thing I can think of comparing it to.
Sometimes I even go on YouTube to listen to people unbox certain items because the sounds are so addicting. I will listen for a couple hours sometimes.(Like the unboxing of the XBox, all those opening of the plastic green and orange bags). Don’t get me wrong, it is not something that interferes with my life. Normally I do not seek it out, only once in a while.
But my big question is what is the biology or physics of what is happening? Why do certain sounds do this to me? I ask because I have never once heard of anyone else saying sounds do this to them. It does not happen everyday but it does often and has my whole life. I use to love going to the library in college because I knew how pleasant a time I would have listening to the workers reshelve books and people turning pages.
But what is the physical thing that is happening to me to cause this pleasure? It is almost as good as sex because this can go on for a long time. It is like the sound is producing some chemical in my brain to cause me to feel this pleasant peaceful sound and feeling and it makes me sleepy. It is the most peaceful thing I have ever experienced.
Does this just happen to me or does it happen to others and no one just talks about it? There has to be something written somewhere about this phenomena. There is some kind of physical reaction going on and I just want to know how my body is biologically and physically reacting to these sounds.
Does anyone here know?
May 28, 2010 at 10:10 am #99942
Hmmm… most interesting. Now, I am only a high school student, so sorry if I am incorrect…
I also experience this feeling, but for me, it is music. And some music, or intervals which have a particular "feel" to them, excite me to a high, and instead of feeling drowsy, I feel wide awake and alert until the wee hours in the morning. Now, the chemical that is probably being released in plentiful is serotonin, which may give you the feeling of being under the influence of psychedelic drugs, however this usually is accompanied by high levels of energy, likewise for me. The reaction of sleepiness when produced with something pleasurable is something unusual, however an infinite calm when you are high on "sound" is nevertheless possible.
This kind of peacefulness I achieve also with particular music, which I attach emotions to. For example, James Horner’s Titanic and A Beautiful Mind, is what I listen to on a daily basis to sleep. Perhaps, just the soft, low noise in the background resembles some event in your childhood in which you used to feel happy and go to sleep listening to, resulting in the music having an emotion attached to it. Such as, in Year 5, I was stung by many wasps from a wasp nest, so from that day forward, I would react to bees in a negative way, and I will often grow cold and shiver whenever I am near them, as well as run away.
Just a hypothesis…
May 29, 2010 at 4:48 am #99964AnonymousGuest
Thanks for taking the time to reply to my question.
I know what you mean about music but it is not the same thing at all, at least for me. I love music, in fact it has helped me through life but the phenomena I am speaking about is totally different.
The sounds I react to almost incapacitate me. Not in a bad way and I can control it. I don’t have to allow it to do that but I like it so much I submit to it and let it carry me away. It affects my entire body. Sometimes it rushes through me and I can feel it all over, in my arms, legs, like a tingly sensation but most of all in my brain where the feeling originates. It is like I can feel it go from my brain into all parts of my body totally relaxing me.
I am just so very curious what chemicals are being released in my brain to cause these sensations caused by sounds. I wish there was a way to really express it because maybe then I could find answers somewhere. It seems no one has ever done a study on how sounds affect peoples bodies.
June 2, 2010 at 11:21 am #100021
Probably not, you sound like a rare person!!! Anyway, if you were to describe the feeling as one related to a common day substance such as, morphine or an opiate-based substance, etc., what would you describe it as? That may give you a place to start looking at the chemicals released.
June 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm #100044AnonymousGuest
The closest thing I can relate it to from my own experience is probably opiates. But there is also more to it. The spine tingling sensations that I get from the sound which I cannot relate to opiates. I find it hard to believe no one else has ever had physical reactions to sounds. I cannot possibly be that rare. And all this has been with me since I can remember, my point being it did begin as a result of taking any kind of medicines or anything I can think of. I posted in here thinking there had to be people out there that have had the same experience and/or someone has done a study on how the brain is physically reacting to sound.
What I wish I knew was what chemicals are being released and HOW does sound manage to do that to my brain? Perhaps it is a psychological response to the sound which then affects my brain. Guess I will never know but I am surprised no one else I have come across has ever had this reaction. It is almost a daily event. When it happens I don’t want the sound to stop. If we could market it the tranquilizer would no longer be needed by anyone.
July 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm #100694allenarParticipant
I’ve just started doing some research of my own on this matter, because until now I thought I was the only person who experienced this. You described what I feel perfectly, except I get the same sensations from certain peoples voices as well. If they leave a voice mail I will play it back over and over and over again. I first noticed it with paper, but it has moved into many different things, like the other day a girl at work was wrapping the cord of the vacuum cleaner up and it hit me. I stopped everything I was doing to simply listen to the sound.
I’ve tried to recreate the sensation, but it only happens when other people are creating the sound. Please let me know what you find out and I will do the same for you. I was very surprised to find someone else who has the same situation.
August 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm #100878kimenykimParticipant
i am Kim, and im writing in response to your earlier post concerning your reaction to certain sounds.
i have looked all over the web, and this is the only conversation that i can find regarding this matter
I just wanted to let you know that i have experienced the exact saame thing ever since i can remember, and your not alone lol.
My wonderfull feeling is in response to sounds that others make, wierdly enough when they eat around me, the sound of chewing, or talking in a certain way, or even as you said the turning of a page. i used to give a chewing gum to my sister, just so i could listen and become entirely relaxed. i think this feeling is an amazing phenomina and some research should definately be done which i would be willing to take part or help in any way.
The feelings is just great though isnt it. as you said its just like a drug. i get a loverly tingling sensation all over my head, just like when someon is playing with your hair….
….wierd but nice 🙂
August 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm #100963Marianne2402Participant
Hi, I wanted to reply to the posts of Mem and Kim- I have exactly the same thing and I´m so glad I found this site, cause it´s really hard to find anything about this phenomenon.
I´ve had it since I was a kid. When for example someone would draw something on paper with like a felt tip pen I could just listen to it and look at it for hours cause it felt so good. Like a tingling sensation. The best way I can describe it, it´s like my brains is getting a massage. It´s great. And I agree with Mem it´s does feel like a sort of high you get with some drugs. It´s weird but good-
I experience it mostly with rustling of papers or listening to someone drawing or painting. But also when someone is giftwrapping a present. I would feel so relaxed, almost sleepy. Sometimes it feels like I´m being hypnotized or something. Once at work someone was explaining something but at the same time was goning through a paper folder. I didn´t hear a thing he said because of the sound of the paper rustling. So strange, I wanted it to go on and on…
Sometimes it happens when someone is eating an apple or something to loudly or talk a certain way. I don´t why some sounds cause this responce and other dont.
I don´t know if you have the same thing but with the rustling of paper of drawing I get the reaction more if I also watch it, not just listen?
This video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEFXim9eSWA does it to me everytime. Just block out the talking and listen to sound of the drawing and paper…
Maybe lots of people experience this, but just don´t talk about it. I guess that explains why Bob Ross is so popular 😉
Well, I just wanted to share it. It’s good to know more people have the same great brainmassage feeling !
August 31, 2010 at 3:02 am #101084joeybutta92Participant
I can relate. I always have known it was unusual to get such a feeling from certain sounds but I know exactly what you guys are talking about. It used to happen all the time i remember in elementary school, but it rarely happens now. I think it’s just how some people are wired, how some signal gets triggered by the realization of a certain sound that completely puts you in a state of relaxation, and gives you the feeling of your hair sticking up on your head. I think its just some sort conditioning, that some people have, maybe one’s that have a better ability to focus on things. what i’ve noticed though is that it’s always completely quiet other than the specific relaxing sound in the situation. sometimes its someone’s voice that gives the feeling, usually a very mellow person. or papers slowly crinkling or rustling, or being turned…it’s odd but it’s a very rare thing that is nothing to complain about having lol.
September 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm #101459ManxieParticipant
I’m really thrilled to find other on here reacting to sound in the same way, I googled to find this forum and didn’t see anything else.
I’ve also had this since childhood and assumed that everyone was the same as me, clearly not!
I have the same tingly sensations that I get whilst having my hair brushed, but my sounds are different. I used to react in a quiet office hearing the cleaners spray polish on to the desk and hearing the quiet hum of the hoover. It had to be a quiet office so I could tune in properly (working overtime usually and late often that’s why the cleaners were in). I also remember from my childhood watching my Nan colouring in (playing with our toys with us) and the sound of the colouring in had the same effect. Sounds a bit odd writing it all down!
Has anyone found out anything more on this strange effect?
October 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm #101760lotus253Participant
I have the exact same problem as MEM! Chewing gum, water sounds, the sound of clothes being washed in a river, poping and chewing of gum, hair cutting…
Strange sounds give me the feeling as good or better than any drug and the affect is nearly instant. I think I am receiving dopamine from my brain as a "thank you" for the sounds.
The problem is not like the rush of beautiful music but closer to spin tingling and euphoric affect you might have as an amazing scene in a movie occurs, or the feeling your first intimate kiss gave you.
I have turrets syndrome and I do many strange things as a result. WOW! I thought I was the only one.
October 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm #102030WordMonkeyParticipant
Wow, I’m fascinated that I found this subject. I’m the only person I know that seems to have this sort of reaction to certain sounds. When I used to try to describe it to others, they didn’t understand what I meant – this is much more than "liking" certain sounds. (I don’t tell anyone any more.)
My physical reaction is exactly like yours. Very pleasureable, and actually hard to stay awake if it goes on for some time. (A quick story: Many years ago I worked at a grocery store as a cashier. When the "chip man" would come to restock the potato chips (rustling plastic bags), I would actually have to lean against my counter, as my knees got too weak to hold myself up. Seriously.)
The sounds that trigger this physical reaction are many: rustling plastic bags, rustling paper, a broom sweeping a floor, distant snow shovelling, pencils banging together in a pencil case (I was very young when I first discovered this "thing" at school), a spray bottle being sprayed… and many more but I can’t think of them right now.
I’ve actually been toying with the idea of finding a sound person to make me a recording of these sounds, and just looping them. I’d use it to put myself to sleep at night. (I’ve actually hung plastic bags out my bedroom window to hear them rustle in the wind to help me fall asleep – I kid you not!)
Edited to add that I forgot one of my very favourite sounds (someone else mentioned it too!): library books being reshelved. How weird!
October 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm #102031WordMonkeyParticipant
Also wanted to mention that, several years ago when I was shopping for baby toys for my neices and nephews, I noticed that a lot of them were stuffed with crinkly plastic. (Aaaaaaah, crinkly plastic.) So presumably, someone has actually done some research on this, in order to come up with that idea, I’m guessing.
November 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm #102356roupis91Participant
I’m a 2nd year student at Wenstminster University, London and I’m currently working on a project on the stimulation of emotions caused by our exposure to everyday sounds.In my final work I’m presenting an illustrated piece that includes a mixture of all sorts of sounds.
I’ve been reading all of your comments and I find it particularly interesting how sounds effect you in such a great scale. I personally don’t experience emotions is such a degree but I do believe that most people do experience emotions in a much lower level.
What I’d like to ask whether you have any particular interest in music. Either you are musicians, or have an natural talent or drawn to any sort of musical activities?
Do you also have any particularities, like one girl talked about Tourette Syndrome?
Do you think these emotions you get from sounds, are connected to a past experience (e.g childhood), memories or impressions.
And last whether these emotions can change your mood or influence your relationships with others or even your performance at work?
I would appreciate it so much if you could share your thoughts
November 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm #102507baherrmaParticipant
I know exactly what you are talking about. For me, it is the sounds of certain people’s voices – usually on the telephone or in recordings where the voices are kind of squawky. I also like the sound of people rustling papers on recordings and the sound of people hanging the phone up on a voicemail. It sounds super weird when I am saying it out loud, but it causes this warm and cuddly feeling to overcome me and I am sort of incapacitated, but it is so pleasant. I have always wondered what causes that, but I am so glad to find that other people know what I am talking about! I would love to know how to get that natural high more often. 😀
December 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm #102616ElysianParticipant
I’d always thought this was just me… a quirk of my brain that wasn’t shared by anyone.
Good to hear there are others. For me it’s always another person making the sounds, probably because the state it induces forces you not to think to much, activity ruins it.
I find it to be anything from keyboard strokes to paper sounds, either writing or page turning. Somebody doing paper work and flipping through notes, I’d often fall asleep beside my girlfriend as she studied or did homework for college.
When I say ‘asleep’ that doesn’t really describe it properly. The feeling, for me anyway. is more akin to a trance like state, blissful, peaceful and completely passive. I imagine this is the medidative state some people practise yoga for, or other eastern practises.
It can happen anytime, somebody can be speaking in a cetain manner, usually while reading a list or something in a slow and steady (not monotonous) voice.
I googled the sound of paper and found this forum and I’m glad I did, now I don’t feel like such a freak!
It happens to me rarely and I forget all about it until it’s triggered again, sometimes weeks or months apart, it happened a few moments ago in the office as two accounts staff whispered and ruffled through some files. It was only when they stopped that I noticed it again and remembered. I can only guess but I think I was like that for a good fifteen minutes, not moving, just listening, when i say listening I mean it in the sense of letting the sounds come to me as opposed to listening with any sort of intent.
The sounds are addictive and if I can’t find anything online I’ll probably record or edit something suitable, i may even post it on you tube when I’m done, in fact I’ll do just that! No reason not to share it….
Here’s a list of the things that trigger it for me..please add to it and we’ll see what’s recurring among everyone…
1. Paper noise…anything related to paperwork or paper packaging.. paper cutting too….
2. Keystrokes and other desk sounds like calculators, measuring, using tipp-ex, etc…soft desk sounds.
3. Whispering…not to me, but others whispering amongst themselves
4. people reading lists as I described above…lists or instructions, this never happened much in school but it did on occassion…
January 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm #103104samestoryParticipant
The same thing happens to me and I would love to know more. It happens for me mostly when certain people are talking. If I hear a voice that triggers this, I almost fall asleep because it is so enjoyable. It’s definitely euphoric. I actually did a search on youtube for soothing voices to no avail. I’ve noticed that the voices that usually do this are ones that are very low, slow and do not fluctuate in pitch or volume. They stay pretty steady and do not have verbal pauses. I’d love to know more. If I had a recording of someone speaking like this, I’d never have an issue falling asleep!
January 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm #103318DutchpaulParticipant
Wow, so glad I found this forum. I’m from the Netherlands (so I’m sorry if my English is not perfect) and I’ve been googling for a long time but I couldn’t find any information in Dutch.
Today I found out I’m not the only one who experiences the sensations as described in previous posts.
I don’t know anyone around me who understands what I’m talking about.
The first time I experienced it, was when I was in kindergarten. I also remember when I was about 8 years old and we went to the library with our school class. The voice of the librarian, combined with the books she picked up from the shelves; I simply couldn’t move anymore and I felt too embarrassed to tell my friends. Usually, I was always making fun at school but now: I couldn’t respond to the children around me; I just sat there, frozen but in heaven….
I love the sound of rustling paper, people folding paper or making small noices while they’re concentrated and packing a bag, for instance.
Funny enough, some people can fold papers forever and I don’t get the same feeling. It doesn’t work when my wife reads the newspaper. I have 2 small boys (3 and 5 years old). I sometimes try to convince my youngest son (since it doesn’t work with his brother but with my youngest it works 4x as good as usual) to build something with lego or turn the pages of a book. My hair rises and I’m in paradise.
Samestory, I found a soothing voice on youtube (it works for me, at least):
The combination with the paper folding is perfect for me.
Haha, happy to find out I’m not the only one.
February 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm #103448dichremyParticipant
I think I am lucky to meet this good topic.
February 28, 2011 at 9:36 am #103679ringobeatle2Participant
It’s not always the sound, but also the mindstate that you are in. I get the same tingly brain feeling from certain noises in certain situations. This phenomena is common but not spoken about much. I have the feeling it has to do with your brainwaves at the time and the noise stimulates the brain waves to the right level to trigger pleasure.
February 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm #103683MillieKittanParticipant
Sounds have a reasonable affect on me, though I cant say it is profound. I have many noises I cant stand:
1. glass against glass
2. light metal (an aluminium bowl, for example) falling on the floor or being banged against another like bowl
3. clack of heels on the street
4. teeth grating against material (both my own teeth and someone else doing so)
5. insistent, repetitive and dull noise (repeated drumming)
I am a pianist, self taught, and though I am told I have a talent for it I fail to see it. I am also at least a little tone deaf so cannot play by ear, and am unable to sing along to anything (I can sing in tune without a backup track, but completely poorly with a song in the background)
Sounds and emotions I associate with them:
1. strong winds – fear (thunderstorms and recovered circumstantial insomniac)
2. slamming doors – fear (not sure why)
3. my boyfriend’s singing voice – comfort (personal, won’t expand on this one)
4. Very soft clicking – comfort (heating has come on, Mum is awake/ home)
5. Gentle breathing – contentment (other half is sleeping peacefully)
All of these, both the ones listed as hates and the ones just above, affect me in some way if I notice them for too long. Ones to note are the metal upon mental/ the floor, which sends horrible aches through my body for up to two hours at a time, the fear responses because they keep me from sleeping and the teeth grating against material, as I shudder just thinking about it.
All the positive ones put my mind to rest and help me sleep/ relax.
What do you mean by particularities?
March 1, 2011 at 3:24 am #103688TurboCute3000Participant
This is honestly fascinating. I have always had these moments when I’ll be listening to something and the oddest sound will set off this tingly feeling in my forehead and the back of my neck, my eyes will start to flutter and my head will feel really fuzzy. I don’t know exactly how to explain it. Trying to put it into words makes it sound uncomfortable, but it’s the exact opposite. My big thing is certain voices. It’s usually the soft voices, but occasionally a medium-volume voice will set me off too. Sometimes, things like the crackling sound the TV makes when you run your arm over it and the static goes beserk, the typing of laptop keys, a bottle of perfume spraying, others that I can’t remember will almost, like many of you said, wil put me in a trance.
Every so often though, the most random chords in songs will also make me respond involuntarily, sometimes to the extent of violent shivers (yes, I have fallen out of my chair once at a band concert). For example, in the song No One Mourns The Wicked, the last time they sing "Goodness knows, the wicked die alone" the way the chorus sings "die alone" I get these intese waves of happiness.
I don’t think that I relate any sounds to an emotion other than the low beeping sound I metioned before always makes me angry and scared (never found out why). Any pleasant sounds I experience, I always just asscosiate with excitement.
For the opposite reason, I CANNOT STAND certain repetitive noises. Usually it’s things like alarm clocks with the repetitive beeping noises. Especially at low pitches… They make me want to tear things apart.
Edit: I also forgot to mention, roupis91, that I do play piano and I am in the school ensemble choir. I’m not extrodinary at either, but I’m pretty good. Sometimes in choir, we’ll sing one of "those chords" and I’ll just have to drop out and listen because I get so overwhelmed.
I didn’t know this was as rare as it appears to be on here. I just figured that other people went through it too, maybe I just wasn’t explaining it well enough.
March 7, 2011 at 1:52 am #103766BlueTongueParticipant
I have also always had this phenomenon. For me it is usually people eating or the sound of certain people’s voices. When it happens I just sit back and lose myself in the feeling, never wanting it to end. I too have wanted to find something that I know will trigger the feeling and record it.
I have not been experiencing it as much recently and have been Googling it to try to discover what the source of this wonderful experience is, with the hope that by understanding it I can perhaps replicate it. It really would be the most pleasant thing to fall asleep to! 😀
March 27, 2011 at 2:44 am #104174soundsParticipant
Recently I Googled, "Sounds that put me in a trance like state" and was very surprised to find so many others who share this strange but very comforting sensation. However, I find that I relate to the comments on this site more than the others I have reviewed. The depictions of everyone’s personal experiences posted here are very familiar to me.
I’m currently 50 years old and my earliest remembrance of this "feeling" was in the first grade and it remains as one of my most prominent memories to date. It was raining out and the classroom was quite. I sat at the desk in front of Denise, a very shy and quite girl. The teacher broke the silence by instructing us to take out our pencils and begin practicing our letter writing. Even though her command started a rustle across the room, as we all scurried for our Ticonderoga #2’s, a strange sensation came over me. It was Denise. I could hear her movements above all the other sounds of the room. She had a clear plastic box in her desk where she kept her supplies. As she took it out and began rummaging through it, the sounds of rattling of pencils and other items in the box combined with her soft whispers to herself struck a nerve in my brain. I can only describe it as if all of my body parts had shut down, all other sounds and thoughts were completely blocked out and a total sense of relaxation had taken over. I can also remember that when the bellowing of the teacher broke my trance, how disappointed I was. I began wondering what had just happened to me and would I ever feel it again? I wanted to feel it again.
For 40 plus years this has gone on, less as I’ve gotten older, and I never spoke to anyone about it and honestly believed that I was the only one who experienced such sensations. Now as I read these many similar accounts, I realize how silly that thinking was and how comforting it is to know that others feel exactly as I do during these rare times. Over time I came to pick up on other sounds and situations that create this feeling, but it’s been many many years since any new discoveries . I think maturing, the addition of increased responsibilities and the stresses of life clutter our minds and don’t allow it to happen as easily or naturally as when we’re young?
Some of the other sounds that can have this effect on me are the sound of certain voices or watching and listening to a crafts person performing their art. Crafts like carving, pottery making, sewing or painting (Bob Ross). The rustling of paper and the humming of florescent light fixtures aren’t as strong but do have a a calming effect. I would have to say that the one sound that has the deepest effect on me, is the sound of scissors during a haircut. It doesn’t have to be my hair that’s being cut, although that is a very strong sensation, it can just be the quite sounds of the shears and the "barbers" feet shuffling along the floor as he/she works. I’ve found video clips of hair cutting online and I can almost completely drift away while I listen to them.
I don’t know what causes this, perhaps it is something from childhood or our brain waves? Sometimes I feel strange that these feelings exist in me, but when it happens it’s amazing and it sucks when the spell is snapped. It’s very fragile, such as life..
Sorry I went on so long, but it just came pouring out of me.
April 8, 2011 at 2:38 am #104361riamongerParticipant
This has happened to me since I was young..i was thinking about this today and decided to google my conditon and found this site…
I have always wondered why this happens and now I know I’m not the only one..
I know it started when I was very young, but my earliest memory is when my dad would read the paper..The rustling of the paper would relax me…other sounds have done this, and not all paper rustling does this…..it has to be a certain sound..
at times it has been intense to the point where I get goose bumps and the hair on my arms would stick up…It"s a very calming sensation..Like a massage..only internal
I have read most of the comments here and all sound exactly like my experiences..
I hope to find out why this happens, but Im glad to know I’m not alone…
April 8, 2011 at 5:41 am #104366riamongerParticipant
I did another search and found a few videos on You Tube….Check under the name Leviticus45..He has several videos…
May 2, 2011 at 4:04 am #104743RainManParticipant
Hilarious! We should start a support group! I get it too and have a sister who does also, but I have never met or known anyone else who does – they think you’re mad. The sound of rain does it for me, rain and washing machines (when they’re on of course). Waves of tingling through my head and spine to entire body, puts my hair on end. Sense of calm and peace etc., all the ‘symptoms’. Once it gets going I can sort of control it… clench it (usually from the lower back), and send it rolling again down my arms and through my head. How weird is that?! Great fun.
I thought it was some kind of womb hangover because of the water sounds, and genetic because of my sister… though my parents don’t admit to having it. Had it all my life (40+). I’m interested in knowing more about the phenomenon. Does anyone know if it has a name?
June 18, 2011 at 7:04 am #105331philipsteeleParticipant
Brain is the main controller of the nervous system. And it is situated in the head with the covering of skull and secure to the main sensory apparatus of vision, hearing, balance, taste, and smell…this is the main structure of our brain..
June 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm #105427Jswarts21Participant
Oh this is soo amazing, of course I thought I was a weirdo bc of this reaction! Sucha a relief to know Im not the only weirdo! 😆
I found this forum by googling " is it weird that the rustling of papers makes me sleepy?" lol Idk why the ruslting of papers or even when someone goes through a bag of makeup or pencils, it always makes me sleepy. AND OF COURSE I LOVE THE FEELING!
Idk if it has anything to do with my past or not, but eventhe sound of little kids ages 2-4 with their cute little voices puts me to sleep also.
Well if anyone ever figure out why this happens hit me up for sure!!!
July 9, 2011 at 4:17 am #105521flashtrumParticipant
Oh my God I thought I had some weird narcoleptic disorder. I have the exact same reaction to rustling papers. When I was in school and kids would be turning their pages of text books, I was in a trance and never wanted it to end. The other sound that did it for me then were kids rifling through pencil cases. The only other sound that comes close these days comes from kids bouncing a basketball outside.
What is this?
July 9, 2011 at 4:19 am #105522flashtrumParticipant
same thing for me with newspapers. and the only thing worth waiting in a doctor’s office is if people are turning the pages of magazines.
August 13, 2011 at 3:40 am #105916RhombusPianoParticipant
I just had to register after finding this topic! I am a classically trained pianist (I do not have perfect pitch), and while that might make me more sensitive to certain sounds, it would seem from the other responses that ear training doesn’t necessarily have any bearing on the phenomenon described in this thread.
I think it was Kim who described it as similar to having your head scratched? When I hear certain sounds, I experience a pleasant tingling sensation usually starting near the back of my head and radiating down my spine. Interestingly, music does not particularly elicit this response; if anything, it would be the sounds associated with music making (fingers sliding down the strings of violins/cellos/etc, piano hammers returning to place as you release the keys, the pleasant creak of wood, the timbre of certain voices).
Most often, I react to sounds similar to those others have discussed: the light crinkling of paper or plastic, gentle flow of water, that certain gravel or sediment in the voice (like Morgan Freeman or Ken Nordine), the sound of someone chewing, the laconic percussion of small objects, sometimes even the squelchy sounds made by mud. Perhaps the common factor in all of these things is that they are mostly delicate sounds. A raging river doesn’t thrill my ears nearly so much as a ponderous stream (or an oar pulling through still water). It is as if these sounds "tickle" the ear… too much intensity and the nice tickle can become a scratch.
As with many people with this experience, I have found certain particular things that especially tickle my ears. I’m curious to know, has anyone else found these (or others) to really work to set the nerves a-tingling?
– from the film Amistad, the Bible scene and the dinner scene
– Ken Nordine, like in http://youtu.be/k88msPKWkKY
– I don’t know if anyone else has found this site already, but http://www.soothetube.com/ seems to have a lot of "ear candy"
– Certain scenes in Good Night and Good Luck
Thanks, nice to know I’m not alone!
August 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm #105933shihtzumomParticipant
I have a similar response to certain sounds that others on this thread have mentioned. One person mentioned that it feels like a "brain massage" and I concur; that is the closest description I can come up with. I get a similar, but not quite the same, sensation when someone brushes my hair. These sounds in particular lead to this response:
– Someone turning pages in a magazine or newspaper
– Another person eating an apple, pear, or peach
– Someone tending to houseplants (snipping dead growth, spritzing and watering)
– Someone gently using a pencil eraser (not so hard that it squeaks)
– My dog sniffing around my face or ears
– Certain scrap-booking activities, such as cutting, folding, or stamping
Like others, it seems key that it is someone else doing it and that the sound is random and not repetitive. People talking, coughing, or electronic noises like phones or computers seem to "break the spell" and wreck the sensation for me.
I did study music as a child and have always been an "auditory learner" – that is, I learn best when someone explains something to me out loud or there are instructions that I can read aloud to myself. I am one of those people who starts talking to themselves when doing a complicated task in order to keep track of my progress (I usually do this silently at work unless I am under a lot of stress.)
I mentioned this to my husband, who is an artist. He mentioned that maybe it’s something to do with having an extra sensitive sense of hearing. He said when he looks at things he seems to see more colors than other people and tends to notice patterns that other people don’t. He said maybe it’s the same thing with my hearing, that I don’t just hear rustling papers or plants but that I’m hearing something in the way people respond to the papers and plants or maybe there are extra little vibrations in the air that I’m picking up on, and that’s why loud or distracting noises turn the sensation off. I was wondering if other people have a similar idea.
Also – I don’t think I have a particularly sharp sense of hearing. In my job I wear a headset all day and I often have to crank the volume on it almost all the way in order to hear what’s on the line. But I do think that maybe my hearing is sensitive the same way other people can taste extra flavors in things or smell certain odors better than others.
August 17, 2011 at 7:04 am #105954joemParticipant
Not being involved in medical sphere, i’m convinced that reaction to noise is a matter of our anatomy, that enables us to go from a deep sleep to a quick sprint.The brain reacts to sound input because information signals are able to travel from the outside environment, across action potentials and through the neural network into the brain.
August 18, 2011 at 10:36 pm #105973
Oh, how I love all you people! Finally, finally, finally, I have found information on this phenomenon. Even if there are no answers here, at least I have found others like me.
This has been happening to me since childhood also, and continues to this day (I am 55). I have never found another person who experiences it. They think they do, and come up with all kinds of comparisons, usually related to music, but it isn’t the same – you just know it when you listen to their descriptions. With no disrespect to these posters meant at all, I believe that users "fastsandslash" and "MillieKittan"’s responses are the usual type that I have received when I have asked others about it. Yes, you have some reactions to certain sounds, but what most of us are talking about here is something completely different. As mentioned above, for me music is NEVER the thing that causes this sensation, and in fact would cause it to stop.
I’ll start with this statement from above: "i get a loverly tingling sensation all over my head, just like when someon is playing with your hair…." – this is the way I might describe it to somebody so they can get a physical feeling for what it might be like.
My reaction has always started with a tingling sensation in the back of my skull and neck, then moving into my shoulders and the top of my head and top of my arms, then down the back of my spine. That’s pretty much how far it goes, but if the stimulus continues, the tingling gets more intense all over. I have always called it "chills," but I do not see nor feel actual goosebumps, it is all internal, meaning there is no physical manifestation that can be seen.
At the same time as the tingling starts happening, my entire focus in the world shifts to that sound, and I go into a sort of state of suspension, my breathing becomes shallow and I don’t dare move – if I move even slightly, that may be enough to stop the tingling.
I find the state I’m in to be what I would think a trance is like, well, I guess it IS a trance. As others said, I can prolong it and intensify it by will, but only if I remain pretty much non-moving. Then, when the stimulus is removed, I can also prolong it by playing back the sound over and over in my own head, until somehow I can’t do that any longer, it just burns out or something. I have also thought that the sensation you get from codeine might be a tad similar, but then again, not really, yet you do feel somewhat "drugged." "Hypnotized" and "euphoric" that people mentioned above are other words I might use for it, but the tingling is the most important part of it.
The feeling is not in any way sexual, but I would call it sensual, and is the most pleasant sensation I have experienced in my life, with the exception of orgasm.
Mine is almost exclusively brought on by certain voices. ". . . that certain gravel or sediment in the voice (like Morgan Freeman or Ken Nordine)" – this rings a bell with me, it is the quality of the person’s voice that affects me, not what is being said, for the most part. Mine, however, is almost always women’s voices, not men. I used to work as a telephone operator, and every now and then a woman’s voice on the other end of the line would put me into this trance state – I would do anything I could to keep them on the line! 🙂 And as I recall, the voices would have a sort of "gravelly" quality to them. Unlike most others who posted here, I don’t recall mine being triggered by rustling of papers or anything like that.
I also have odd times that it happens, and the only example I can think of now is when I was a child, a friend of mine and I sat together at a piano, and she told me she could play. I knew she couldn’t play, and wondered why she was lying. So I opened a piece of sheet music, and told her to play. She then sat there and looked very carefully and seriously at the music, and began to play. She was very dramatic about it, and of course she couldn’t play at all, but she was determined that I believe that she could play. The whole time she was doing it, at every pause in between notes, the tingling would start, and I know that it wasn’t the music, it was something about the whole scenario. I know I have had similar experiences, with it being about actions by other people, just don’t recall them now. ". . . watching and listening to a crafts person performing their art. Crafts like carving, pottery making, sewing or painting . . . " – some things like this, for some reason I think watching "The New Yankee Workshop" with Norm Abrams used to do it to me.
Luckily for me, I did find one person who causes the tingling to happen, and it is quite funny, actually. Anybody remember Miss Cleo, the television psychic? She used to have infomercials late at night, and her voice always got my tingling going. Stupid me, I never recorded her, but I did buy some tarot cards that came with a VHS of her, and can play it anytime I want. Also, lots of people have posted short clips of her on YouTube, so whenever I want I can go and zone out. 🙂 In fact, that’s where I just was when I came a’Googling for the umpteenth time to see if I could find an explanation for this phenomenon.
Here is one of my favorite clips of Miss Cleo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3FI0pDQOW4 When she days "it takes honing, it takes gleaning" I go tranced out all over.
I also, luckily, found a free relaxation audio that also puts me into the tingle/trance state, by Bonnie Lambourn. I’m not sure if it is her voice, or her manner of speaking, or her difficulty with the pronunciation of certain words (she has difficulty with the word "abdomen") – well, actually, I think it is all three of those things. I transferred her to my mp3 player, and listen to her almost every night. If I am not really sleepy, I go into the tingle/trance state, if I am really tired, I go right to sleep. Here is her audio, it is the second one listed called "Combination Relaxation Exercise": http://www.hws.edu/studentlife/counseling_relax.aspx
I did listen to the examples that were posted in links by others, and none of them had any effect on me. I think our "cues" are probably specific to ourselves – I doubt most of you will get chills from Miss Cleo.
The only thing I have ever found that I thought was connected was something having to do with the limbic system. From About.com: "The limbic system is a set of evolutionarily primitive brain structures located on top of the brainstem and buried under the cortex. Limbic system structures are involved in many of our emotions and motivations, particularly those that are related to survival. Such emotions include fear, anger, and emotions related to sexual behavior. The limbic system is also involved in feelings of pleasure that are related to our survival, such as those experienced from eating and sex." However, I have never found anything connecting this phenomenon to anything written about the limbic system, I just think that it may be the key to discovering what causes it.
Lastly, I almost don’t want to find out what causes it, because I am afraid if I know, it might stop! And I don’t ever want to lose it! Finding out there are other people like me may be enough. 😀
Huge thanks to everybody who posted here, especially "Mem" who started the thread, I am glad you kept at it.
Now I’m off to listen to some more Miss Cleo – wish I could find her and get her to made a relaxation tape for me. 🙂
August 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm #105974quote riamonger:
I just wanted to bring this back to the attention of the paper rustling fans – thanks riamonger. Leviticus45 has created TONS of sound effects audio. All of them are long (average 15 to 30 minutes) so you have plenty of time to enjoy. Right now I am listening to "Sound of Sorting Mail" – after listening to "Sound of Newspaper Turning Pages" – I think he has audio for every sound you guys mentioned – and he has 2,572 subscribers! Here is the link to his channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Leviticus45#p/u/0/G32JaQqBlIE
August 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm #106005JatrickaParticipant
This is amazing!! I just read all the posts and shook my head in disbelief at what I was reading. I am not alone!! 😆 I do have a sister and a brother who have the same experiences and we have joked about it over the years and have wondered about it the same way everyone here has wondered about it. I would love to find out why these sounds have such a soothing effect.. I will definately be checking out the sites given here where I can log in and listen to these sounds in the privacy of my own home where I can drift off into lala land without the worry of anyone noticing… 😉 This is incredible!! I’m so glad I stumbled across this website and cannot wait to share this with my siblings..
August 31, 2011 at 2:10 am #106133AiyayaParticipant
I would react to bees in a negative way, and I will often grow cold and shiver whenever I am near them, as well as run away…
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September 6, 2011 at 9:00 am #106192catherine23Participant
I signed up just to reply, as I’ve had this ability since childhood. I’m now 23 but when I was about 12ish I had my head on the desk at school because I was tired and the girl next to me was colouring in and it had the soothing effect on me. When I was 14 I remember visiting my grandma interstate, and hearing her close the vertical blinds had the same effect.
More recently things that have a soothing effect on me are
Library book reshelving, and the general atmosphere of a library
Slow page turning; I love story time in Play School 😆
An elderly relative walking around the house doing chores
When shop assistants use the eftpos machine slowly
Just today a shop assistant in a clothes/bead shop had a soothing voice combined with reaching into a jar of crystals.
One of the most soothing voices I’ve heard would have to be Eckhart Tolle’s. An example would be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPg9DnMP2D4
September 21, 2011 at 12:44 am #106393MysticKnightParticipant
Wow, and I thought I was the only one and that there was something wrong with me, lol. I get that same exact tingly feeling in the head, like a brain/head massage, that is extremely soothing. For me, it’s mainly a brushing sound, like a broom going over the floor. Another example that I can think of off the top of my head would be when a horse is standing still and sometimes rubs his hoof over the ground, making a similar type of brushing sound. There might be other sounds that do it, but the only one I definitely know of is the brushing/rustling sound.
A while ago I started playing a game, a Role Playing Game, and as I was in a town walking along I heard a brushing sound, there was an character sweeping the street with a broom, and well, that did it.. 😳 Needless to say I listened to it for a little while, and do so since then, whenever I play. 😳
Anyway, thanks, now I know I’m not the only one. 😀
September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm #106416hannahzarzarParticipant
It’s interesting that you all have this same feeling. Maybe you have a better sense of hearing than others. You know when somebody is deficient in one sense another sense becomes sharper. The other idea is that maybe when you were an infant you were exposed to certain sounds that gave you pleasure (for whatever reason); therefore, these sounds give you pleasure. How pleasurable these sounds are to you may be due to the experience you had with them. You could ask your caregivers from youth if there was anything you were exposed to that may have caused these extreme sensations to you. They may not know, for it may have been important to you, but not to them. However, you may have grown up in an extremely noisy or quiet environment that may have made a lifetime impression on you.
September 30, 2011 at 4:23 am #106497FarwaSyedParticipant
Hi.. There are some sounds which have a negative affect on me.. when i hear them i feel like crying n screaming n breaking stuff n even hitting my head against the wall..
it mostly happens when i hear someone Sighing.. My parents sigh a lot.. whenever they’re tired.. or sad or whatever..I even get suicidal thoughts sometimes when i hear those sounds.. but i always end up crying to calm myself down..
Can anyone tell me why it happens to me? and why im not able to control myself when i hear those voices? and what can I do to get rid of this problem?
PLEASE HELP !!
October 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm #106841
October 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm #107367quote Patty:
That article is actual an exact opposite for what I experience. And may I say how relieved I am to find there are others like me who experience this extraordinary occurrence!
For me, I noticed this at an extremely young age. My mother was in college when I was a toddler. Many nights I would fall asleep listening to her study. As an adult, hearing pages turning, papers rustling, or someone opening packaging. In fact, many nights, when I am unable to sleep, I can go to Youtube and watch one of their ‘Unbox’ videos, where someone is opening packaging, and it puts me right to sleep, or certain sounds triggers a wave of an almost-euphoric feeling, I can almost ‘hear’ a heat rush of pleasurable feeling ring through me when it happens.
I have speculated to myself that this may also have to do with ‘energy’, or some sort of transference. Because when I, for instance, turn pages myself, I do not experience the same rush. I am wondering if it has to do with the actual amount of energy a person is expending to complete the action? Perhaps I am getting some sort of electric pulse or backwash from them??? Or is that just weird?
October 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm #107368quote Elysian:
YES!!!! EXACTLY!!!! Thank you!!!!
October 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm #107370
November 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm #107948
I think I was misunderstood. The response I made with the article attached was intended for "FarwaSyed". The article describes misophonia, which is a strong negative reaction to some sounds, and this was intended as a response to the following post…quote FarwaSyed:
November 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm #107949
Also, I experience this phenomenon, (not misophonia, but the deep relaxing one) which is how I found this post to begin with. I’ve had it for as long as I can remember. The best way for me to describe it is as someone already put it – "a brain massage". I have to be in the presence of the person who is carrying out the action though, so I can not log on to youtube (unfortunately) and listen to someone turning pages. So, whatever the biological explanation is for this phenomenon (one I’d love to hear) I would not like it to go away!! I recently had an MRI scan on my brain, which revealed a Chiari Malformation I. I don’t have symptoms, and it might never have been know had I not had the MRI. However, I couldn’t help but wonder if it is connected somehow.
November 22, 2011 at 12:04 am #108297shenmanParticipant
Hi everyone, I’ve just found this forum and read the posts with great interest. I have experienced these head tinggles since early childhood and tried to research online unsuccessfully several times in the past to find anything out about it. Earlier this year however, I found a large active online community discussing this phenomenon. The sensation has been named "Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response" (ASMR) and is described as is a physical sensation characterized by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs.
Most ASMR episodes begin by an external or internal trigger, and are so divided for classification. Type A episodes are elicited by the experiencer using no external stimuli, and are typically achieved by specific thought patterns unique to the individual. Type B episodes are triggered involuntarily by an external trigger, via one or more senses, and may also involve specific thought patterns associated with the triggering event. Both types of triggers vary between individuals, but many are common to a large portion of ASMR enjoyers.
Common external triggers:
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
There is website: http://www.asmr-research.org/ set-up to research ASMR and raise interest to fund a scientific research study into the phenomenon. It has a lot of useful information and links to other groups, discussing theories, various triggers and links to a large number of ASMR trigger videos.
Hope you find this helpful and interesting, please go check it out!
November 29, 2011 at 1:50 am #108488
Thank you so much, shenman, this is great information. I can’t believe I have now gone from thinking I am the only one with this phenomenon, to being overjoyed to find I am not alone on this forum, to now finding a group of people who are researching it! Fantastic, thanks so much for sharing the website, I am off to check it out.
November 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm #108514
Yes, thank you Shenman. It was great to read your response and find an online community dedicated to this phenomenon. I look forward to hearing more about future ASMR research.
January 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm #108883ishsefParticipant
Every entity created by God on this planet has its own basic harmonic "signature." When a harmonic or a sound frequency is compatible with or similar to the signature of the individual, that individual experiences various mental and emotional responses generated by the the harmony (music) that results. Some music or harmonics are repugnant and therefore are avoided because of their unpleasantness. Our relationships are formed in a similar fashion. We like folks with like harmonics.
Simply put, when we experience harmony, it is pleasing to us as with any animal (i.e. "Music can calm the savage beast.")
January 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm #108965xoxokaylaParticipant
I do the exact same thing. I have for years. I love the sound of people rummaging through their make up. I also love hearing certain voices. I thought I was the only one who did this. I too get sleepy when this happens. Its almost as if I’m hypotized. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one.
February 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm #109595andym777Participant
I too used get the same kind of feelings, but only when hearing a washing machine spin. I’ve actually recorded several different ones and, although they sounded different, they all had the same effect. Tingling shivers and, if I listened long enough, I’d feel really quite spaced out. But, as I say, used to get this feeling, it all changed a couple of years ago.
A couple of years back I was having a particularly stressful time of things. a couple of major problems came up and they really knocked me sideways. The stress and anxiety was really getting to me and so I sought help on the form of psychotherapy. The therapy worked wonders, and I’d recommend it to anyone in a similar situation.
However, one ‘effect’ of the therapy, which I really wasn’t expecting was that the feelings associated with the sound of a spinning watching machine were gone. I still like the sound. (To be honest I’m listening to it now while typing this) but I never get the tremors/shivers anymore and I do miss them, as it was a nice feeling.
This may only be a coincidence or it may be that I’m now generally more relaxed and therefore the sound doesn’t lessen stress, because I’m not stressed anymore?
February 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm #109597andym777Participant
OK I’m going to add a little more to my previous post.
I am cheating a bit as I am a psychotherapist myself. The problems a couple of years ago were actually a form of ‘burn out’ that we psychotherapists run the risk of acquiring. (don’t think acquiring is the right work but can’t think of a better one right now)
The reason I mention this is because of the last few posts, particularly ones mentioning the feeling of like being hypnotized. I sometimes use hypnosis in my works as it helps us to access childhood memories and associated emotional states. When you say it’s like being hypnotized it’s because you are.
You’re experiencing ‘auto induced’ hypnotic regression into a childhood memory of when you first heard, or experienced the sound, and the associated positive feelings during the experience.
Psychotherapists (or certainly this psychotherapist) will use this effect to access negative emotional states in order to work with them at the unconscious level, this bringing them into consciousness. Of course the opposite also happens and we access a positive state. a happy feeling. sound and audio stimuli are very effective at inducing this. we all had the experience of suddenly smiling at a piece of music that reminds us of a happy time. this is spontaneous hypnosis. It’s likely that sound like the ones described are having this kind of effect.
Personally speaking, I still don’t know why the spinning washing machine should have had this affect on me as I know my parents didn’t have a washing machine when I was young. Nor do I know why it stop after therapy, but it certainly has…
February 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm #109791BexyParticipant
Hey! I’m so glad I found this forum. I’m glad I know I’m not the only person who this happens too :). Also, thank you so much for all the audio links!
I have been experiencing this sensation since I was very young. My favorite thing is the turning of pages/rustling paper; additionally, the sound of people whispering and certain keystrokes on a keyboard arouse the same feelings. Like everyone else who has posted, when I hear these noises I get a tingling sensation similar to the sensation from someone touching your hair. Also, it is difficult to move at all until the sound stops or I willingly break away from the sensation. On the down side, the sound of people chewing is revolting to me. Music doesn’t effect me at all, and I don’t play any instruments or sing well.
March 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm #110042littlesoundsParticipant
I find this subject fascinating. I think that I’ve always had a certain set of sounds that triggered this response from me. Mostly those are:
Little bips and bleeps from some minimalistic ambient music (especially over headphones)
Soft typing on some keyboards
Sound of hair being cut
‘Crinkly’ sounds if they are soft and slow and not harsh
I also have very good hearing and wonder if that has anything to do with this.
April 28, 2012 at 8:23 am #110798AmyGdalaParticipant
So glad to know it wasn’t just me!!!!
This tingly, euphoric, pleasant, relaxing feeling has been happening since I was a child.
For me, it almost always occurs when someone is looking at say a supply catalog over my shoulder with me or on the phone with me helping me find a product.
I think everyone on here helped make the page-turning or paper sound connection.
It’s almost as if I’m being put into a slight trance by this delightfully almost numbing or rather, tingly warm sensation in my head/brain. It’s extremely relaxing. Like aural therapy and almost tactile. But (for me) always involves another person near me, and one is helping the other figure something out.
Have tried to replicate it voluntarily, but it doesn’t seen to work that way.
My guess is it’s also got to do with the tone or inflection of the other peoples’ voice? Perhaps it’s an odd form of bonding with someone in a non-sexual, non-parental way?
If they could bottle this feeling up, anxiety and insomnia would be a thing of the past.
With this message board, I hope a professional in the neurological sciences can read this, and post a name for this. Also, does everyone have this or just special people like the users of this forum? 🙂
It is a similar sensation to that of getting your hair washed and/or styled by someone.
May 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm #110948billexParticipant
I actually stayed late at work the other day because the cleaner started shuffling about in the cleaner cupboard sorting out supplies and bagging things up and piling things together and the sound was so soothing I sat at my desk for an extra 20 mins just listening to it..!
I even remember films which contains scenes with nice noises in them. And if I encounter someone with a ‘nice’ voice then I could listen to them for hours..I would pay good money for a complication of noises – but I guess everyone has a different idea of what is ‘nice’, but for me these noises are nearly always generated by someone being busy, industrious, quietly efficient – for me the sound is wrapped up in that type of activity – I am not sure even if the sound was ‘nice’ I would want to hear someone doing something that was in any way a ‘negative’ act as for me that would take away some of the pleasure – I am sure it all stems from being very young and hearing my mum pottering around me doing small chores..amyway – really pleased I am not the onlly one with this, my husband thinks I am mad!
May 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm #111296alycat32Participant
Hi there! I registered just so that I could reply to this post. The closest I have come to those who enjoy certain sounds as much as me are the people who listen to "whisper" videos on youtube. In fact, youtube videos are how I get myself to fall asleep at night.
There are certain people on youtube who’s voices are so soothing they literally put me to sleep. There is a woman on youtube named Albatross234 who is what i’d call a big conspiracy theorist about pretty much everything, and I really honestly have no interest in WHAT she is saying, it’s her voice and the little clicks in her voice that sooth me. Also, there is another woman named ringaroundtharosey on youtube that I watch often because she smacks her lips a LOT when she is talking. Kind of a popping, smacking noise. Practicly constantly in some instances. I know that is weird to most people but for some reason those noises comfort me. She’s even done a video or two of her eating and talking at the same time and instead of it grossing me out, it comforts me.
There is another woman named sushicatny on youtube that’s accent and the way she talks during her grocery hauls soothes me as well.
Here are some things that comfort me, and I have to say that as far as soothing voices go, and people who smack when they talk, it got me in trouble in highschool, because in science class I would nod off because of the way the teacher talked. It was like I was hearing him but not hearing him because I was in that "trance" state. Same with my math teacher, and unfortunatly Math is my worst subject.
1:) Gum chewing..other people chewing gum, gum chewing in movies (like the scene in Pleasantville where Reese Witherspoon is on the phone with her friend and she’s WORKIN that gum lol)
2:) Soothing voices
3:) People who smack or pop their lips when they talk, or people that lick their lips when they talk
4:) typing on a keyboard..when my best friend came to visit me one summer she stayed up a little later than me and was on the computer chatting to her sister on instant messenger and the sounds of the keys were like heaven, I hoped she’d stay up longer than she did haha
It’s glad to know i’m not the only one. It’s a nice thing, but at the same time I also think it can be a burden. Like I said, a lot of my teachers had soothing "sponge cake like" voices that caused me to zone out and not absorb what they were saying
May 30, 2012 at 2:53 am #111347imnotaloneanymoreParticipant
😆 I have been laughing so hard reading all the posts on this topic for the simple reason that I never knew anyone else who reacted to sounds like I did. I was watching a Dr. Phil show and saw how people could be effected in a negative way to certain sounds that caused them to freak out, and then I told my wife that I had a similar thing, except with the oppsite reaction…she thought I was nuts in a funny way.
I get the same euphoric feeling with intense pleasure from listening to the same sounds everyone else is posting. Music does nothing for me though. Also, the sounds are not always what has to be just right to trigger the sensation, but the speed at which they are made. Too fast or slow will not trigger the response, but the sound will heighten my sense until the correct speed creating the right frequency is implemented.
I still remember the first day I ever experienced this (22 years ago) like it was yesterday. I was 8 years old in the fourth grade and the teacher asked us to turn in our books to a page when the kid (charles) next to me started turning his pages, I FROZE. I had no idea what I was feeling, but didn’t want it to end. After that I used to mess up his place in the book just to make him turn back….he thought it was a funny game…i thought it was heaven.
People at work ask me how I can sleep so easily and deep at work on my lunchbreak, and I just smile as I would never tell them that the sound of people reading magazines and going through their lunch bags/paper sacks can put me to sleep in literally less than a minute.
It’s so interesting how this works…and WIERD, but I find myself lucky to be so easily put into a state of immense joy with the help of youtube. Like a drug, I can shut off any stress of the world by just listening to things be manipulated by others. I was actually watching a guys videos on youtube when I thought to look this up. (soueu2002) In most of his videos he very meticulously inspects/reviews military equipment without talking and it almost always puts me to sleep. In the one video he talks in, the sound and speed of his speech is so relaxing, and the chills take over.
I too work at a grocery store and can relate to the comment someone left about the "chip guy" putting up his supply. I also love the sound of those 4 ft. brooms normally used in a gym and hearing the clank of the metal as it is being turned. I would love to see some detailed research done on this just to find out exactly what is gong on inside of the brain to cause this.
Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories about this and how it effects them as well!!!!!
June 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm #111653emptyshadowsParticipant
I thought I was the only defect lol…pencil cases and papers send me into a hypnotic state. potato chip bags and whispers wow what the hell causes this?
June 23, 2012 at 6:04 am #111655alycat32Participant
The above talk about lunch break causes me to remember when I myself worked at a grocery store. I would often nod off in the breakroom myself if someone was reading a newspaper or if they were eating fruit salad (I know, weird right? I think it’s the wetness in their voice when they speak as they are eating it) and trying to talk at the same time. I’d always have to snap myself out of it.
I used to watch Christopher Lowell, the house decorating guy on TLC or one of those types of networks. I’d often make the mistake of watching him before I went to work and his voice just put me to sleep and then i’d be groggy and have to wake myself up and get ready for work.
This is a little funny as well..there was an episode of Paula Dean’s cooking show back in 2006 or so where she was cooking a Thanksgiving meal. She needed to go to the candy store to get candy for a dessert. She’d sample the candy as she was talking and talking with her mouthful somehow relaxed me so much that it would cause me to feel sleepy LOL
Also, if someone whispers in my ear it makes me tingle and twitch and I can’t barely stand it lol
This isn’t REALLY the same thing, but i’ve also slept with a fan since I was little. Not just to cool off but because I need the sound to put me to sleep. I think it stemmed from when I was a baby and the lulling noise of the furnace as it kicked on would put me to sleep. I have a very hard time sleeping when the power goes out.
June 23, 2012 at 7:22 am #111656DevlmanParticipant
I know EXACTLY what you mean and I have had it my whole life! Good explanation you put about it cos I have always struggled to explain it! I looked it up a while back and found someone with this same thing and they seemed to think it was something to do with the frequency of the sound and it’s particular emmitance o Alpha waves which affect some peoples brains in this way. It’s like trying to explain colour to someone who sees black and white or sound to a deaf person though isnt it!! I watch some rubics cube videos on YouTube and the clicking noise is pretty good although u can’t beat listening to it in real life. For me it seems to be things done gently for example if someone were gently thumbing through a box of Legos it would have more of an effect than if they were frantically ploughing through the box. Today there was an old guy I heard fiddling with a crisp packet which had this effect on me this morning. It doesn’t usually work if you are making the noise yourself it has to be done by someone else. That’s my particular slant on it anyway! 🙂
July 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm #111784AyyceParticipant
I am so glad to finally find out this is normal. As a little kid ( 14 years old now) I would love it when the teacher would read us stories in kindergarten. I’d often fall asleep listening to her turn the pages, the way her thumb and finger rub against it and the friction of the fingers makes a sound as the page rises up. I would love it when my mom got these little booklets in the mail that she would skim through. Also, when I’m in class and someone is turning the pages I get this sensation like everything is drowning in water. And I start hoping it’s a long book. I also get this sensation from laying my head next to a keyboard while someone types. The thud of each finger hitting the buttons being sent through the plastic and wood. So relaxing. I don’t find pleasure in voices, chewing, water, etc. The only music related pleasures I get come from one particular song. I Follow Rivers – Tyler, The Creator Remix. I put that song on a gold podium. As soon as the piano (played by Tyler) goes to the scale drop and the first beat drops along with the rythmn and her voice. I get instant visions of my future.. All the outcomes.. All the paths.. In one case I put the song on repeat for my girlfriend as I said I would and ended up having a dream about us intercoursing.. I was kissing her body and going further up.. I noticed her body was moving with the rythmn and my kisses matched the bass. I recently found out that whatever thought I think about when I have that song on repeat and think about the thought for a time.. My dream becomes revolved around that subject. My wish is meet OFWGKTA. I think about it a lot when I have that song on. So I have been having dreams about meeting them… All because of one song. This is the only song that pleasures my brain. Hope this hints on with this study.
July 24, 2012 at 1:26 am #111920travellinggirl11Participant
I thought I was the only person that experienced this relaxing, tickle trance.
Sounds that trance me are-
Telephone customer service (I often ask stupid questions after I’m done with my reason for calling) LOL
Soft or rough voices
If someone clears there throat a certain way over and over
Bob Ross’ voice and the paintbrush sound
My kids combing my hair softly
After a full body massage, when the massage therapist rubs my ears HEAVEN
The sound of someone popping gum
This video does it for me, just watching the head massage and the music
July 24, 2012 at 3:16 am #111921travellinggirl11Participant
Here’s another video that I’ve watched over and over.
I stumbled across it when I wanted to make fried rice. Lots of frying/crackling, spoons hitting the pans
August 2, 2012 at 1:56 am #111992KatieJane27Participant
Mem! That is so cool you and these other people have these sensations, I too have had them since I was little. I would make my grandmother and grandfather color with me because I loved the sound of the crayons and colored pencils against the paper, it is like a narcotic to me. It relaxes my whole body like you said. This and the sounds of people cooking in the kitchen, like when my mother used to mix things in a bowl. The sounds of people rumaging through boxes of nic nacs also does it. I always felt like such a lunatic at night when I would youtube people making these sounds because it would help me fall asleep. Like some makeup tutorials where girls are rummaging through make up kits. Bob Ross literally works like a drug for me. The closest chemical I can think of that our bodies produces that causes a similar reaction is oxytocin, a hormone that is released during orgasm and when breastfeeding. This hormone can make one very relaxed, even sleepy. Although, like you said, it isn’t sexual at all, it is just overwhelmingly relaxing.
August 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm #112036Jesusisworthy12Participant
Hi there I guess I’m late to be replying to this post I see that it was two years ago. But I came on here with the same interest; except I knew the science behind it but I was just looking up symptoms to confirm certain feelings, which was the chills. I think the chills is the body temperature dropping because our blood pressure is lowering. Now the science: It seems to me that sounds on particular that soothe us are based on things we associate with comfort or have ministered to us in the past. Like me for example, the sounds that REALLY relax me are cat purring and all sounds that horses make, including the sounds they make when they’re eating. I find those probably the most relaxing sounds. And I tend to associate something good with it. I’ve had positive experiences with those sounds. Basically the sounds effect our brain waves. Every sound does. That’s why a tiger roar sounds scary, that’s why chewing noises sound relaxing. It affects our brainwaves which mentally then induces a certain feeling that becomes physical. Like for example: cat hissing sends these brainwaves: "Oh I’d better get out of here and leave the poor kitty alone." And chewing gum or pages turning sends these brainwaves:"All is well with everyone and everything; the people are enjoying their books and the person is enjoying their gum." There are deeper things that can’t be explained as well. Everything ministers because God is our Ministerer. He is the Healer and so noises around us that come from Him are healing. Like the sounds you mentioned and I mentioned. There are smells, sights that are ministering and can induce sleep as well because it’s from God. With me it’s always horses; watching them on videos I’ve taped them with knocks me out easily,
August 15, 2012 at 9:44 am #112094JackBeanParticipant
So the sound made by tiger does not come from God? I thought that God created everything. Even the bad things.
August 31, 2012 at 2:51 am #112215frenchmiceParticipant
oh my goodness, i hope you all respond. I’m not a doctor yet, but i am a pre-med student. I am actually recording a bunch of information on a condition cimpletely opposite of what you guys are describing – it’s called misophonia (hatred of sound). This condition evokes uncrontrollable rage and mental discomfort. If I understand correctly all of you who have this other condition is the positive version of misophonia. Please respsond. <3 Thank-you.
I really want to figure out what is going on inside of the brain, so any information you guys have will help. Please tell me everything – what sounds, sights, or feelings evoke that positive response; what exactly do you feel when you hear/see/touch the trigger item? Thank-you!! Any and every bit of information will help immensly. 😀
September 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm #112240LukiemonParticipant
I have been searching for so long for information about this. I too identify some deep-felt pleasure (metaphysical, not sexual) with various sounds. These sounds are amplified in a silent or quiet environment. Sounds like the rustling of canvas pant legs together, the sound of an old book’s crisp pages being flipped, the click and clack of old cash registers and keyboards… It’s a wonderful chill. It hits you right in your mendula oblongata, right at the apex of your spine.
But it’s also the opposite for me: some sounds are so violent or so jarring like certain saws cutting through wood or old plaster, that I feel sick, some kind of turmoil. Perhaps these two are connected?
I’m 20 years old, but have been aware of this since I was just a little kid. Can’t believe I’m not along in this feeling. It’s nice to feel less weird! 🙂
October 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm #112687CrazyCalParticipant
Hi everyone! I registered just because of this thread. I had an experience tonight while my night shift co-worker did his evening workout/yoga. The light, delicate squeak of his shoes on the floor set it off. Normally it’s not shoes squeaking. Normally it’s a soothing (usually female) voice, sometimes people gently flipping through a book. It hasn’t happened for quite a while, so tonights experience renewed my intrest in this phenomenon. One thing that has always, since I was a kid, set off this trance is Bob Ross. Always has. Always will. This man is the embodiment of tranquility. His voice is so soothing and the strokes of his brush and especially the scraping of his knife on the canvas.
I am listening, as I type, to this Bob Ross video on youtube. So soothing. Keeps the trance going. Just started round 4. lol
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever (in nearly 9 years) told my wife about this phenomenon happening to me. I think I’ll mention it. Nice to know there are other people that experience and, most of all, embrace and enjoy this feeling the same way I do.
Round 5 of that Bob Ross video. lol
SteveCenders has some great Bob Ross videos:
October 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm #112784mschrissy84Participant
Andym777, forgive me, but I do not believe that it is all related to the first sounds we hear as babies. Perhaps, as I have noticed these sensations since I was little. If I had a teacher with a voice that made my head tingle, I could not concentrate. Even through college this was an issue, as studying in the library exposed me to keyboard typing, pages rustling, pencils writing and most hypnotic, people whispering. I think it has something to do with sensitivity to stimuli.
Can any of you guys tell me if you are also sensitive to negative stimuli, as I noticed one commenter is? I.e., noises that are too much for me to handle cause me to feel overwhelmed.
HOWEVER, an important note to everyone….I was on a hormone treatment and started having TEMPORAL LOBE SEIZURES. They started with an aura like a migraine does, but then the tingling in my temporal lobes and other symptoms occured such as a euphoric feeling afterwards like I get when I’m ‘hypnotized" by a particulars sound, and I had it checked out. Supposedly I am prone to temporal lobe epilepsy and I think it is linked to the tingling sensations I get from certain sounds and the sleepiness feeling that causes. I also get chills through my body that start in my head and spread through my neck and find myself twitching a lot, particularly when I’m falling asleep. Anyone else?
Is anyone else sensitive to other stimuli and things like drugs and touch?
October 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm #112785mschrissy84Participant
Also I forgot to note that my seizures were partial seizures and felt good and happened mainly when I was tired and/or relaxed. I noticed that this weird tingling sensation that starts with a particular sound and spreads through my body and "hypnotizes" me is easier to hone in on when I’m tired and/or relaxed. In fact, I notice that when I have to much coffee I can not channel it to intensify the feeling. Also I wanted to concur with others that music definitely does not do it for me either. In fact, I find it harder to get the same feeling from videos and other medias than from real life stimuli. Occasionally there is a voice on the phone or a video that can kind of make me tingly. Haha.
November 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm #112894Marianne2402Participant
I posted about two years ago, trying to find out more about this phenomenon. In the last two years I found out a lot more about ASMR, as it’s usually called. And to my delight there are many, many youtube channels dedicated to this.
I would recommend you check out Adreambeam’s channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/adreambeam.
She has about 80 video with different triggers. Something for everyone! scratching sounds, eating an apple, whispering etc.
In the video in the link below, she explains the sensation of ASMR and the different triggers that people can have:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1c2f_r … ature=plcp
Also: a few weeks ago AMSR was a topic in a very popular daily live talkshow in the Netherlands. I posted the link with translations below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKMJMK6 … ature=plcp
Enjoy the lovely braintingles!
November 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm #112944Steviep1969Participant
Wow I’ve finally found a page on the internet referring to these strange sensations i get from sound.
Everyone seems to have the same response as me: I felt i was the only one who got these shivers in my head.
I guess i never mentioned it to anyone before because no one mentioned it to me, and there is not alot of stuff on the web about it.
I work in the music business and whilst listening to certain music, or a chord can send shivers down my spine, they do not generally give me this little waves of pleasure that run across my neck and head in the same way.
I work in an office and at the moment the sounds that set me off on a little wave are my colleagues hammering away at their keyboards. I don’t believe the same thing would happen if I had a tape of those same noises though.
Another one that sets me off is the sound of my mum ironing, or someone else wrapping presents, including the cutting of the wrapping paper with scissors. Sometimes the person sat next to me will bang their metal bangle on the desk when typing – that sets me off too! It can really stop my work rate as i sit there in a mild trance like state waiting for the next little thrill. I have trouble concentrating at work as my mind drifts off somewhere else when in a meeting – i now realise that this pleasurable effect can make my mind wander and think about other things.
Anyway – I wouldnt want these sensations to go away as they are harmless and feel great.
December 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm #113226laurenfob2301Participant
i feel the same way with certain sounds. finally. someone who understands…such an odd sensation.
December 13, 2012 at 2:57 am #113231SnoozinParticipant
Hello! I am so excited to read these accounts of this phenomenon! Before last night, I also thought I was the only one!
The first time I REMEMBER feeling the tingling and peaceful euphoria was when I was 14 and my best friend was gently sweeping my brother’s bedroom, as I lay relaxing on my bro’s bed. Another time, my boyfriend’s mom stepped into the room I was in and nicely, quietly, served me a dish of dinner she’d made.
Because the majority of situations that have triggered this have involved watching someone clean or having someone do something FOR me, in a gentle manner of course, a friend of mine long-ago dubbed it "The Princess Syndrome." Then he asked if I make my husband put on a French maid outfit to clean the house. Hahaha! I had to explain how it really is NOT sexual what-so-ever. So here are my actual triggers:
1. Watching someone clean house in a quiet, methodical manner My mother had a housekeeper for awhile, in my adulthood, and I loved watching her clean. I wondered what she thought of this grown lazy daughter, ass on the couch doing nothing while her mother paid a housekeeper to do what she could have been helping with. Oh well.
2. Having someone give me something or do something for me that involved some thought and time. Haircuts and shampoos are good, but only if the person is VERY gentle.
3. Certain piano pieces that involve the higher notes, in a perfectly-executed soft rhythmic pattern – the BEST song is the theme from Amelie, when my husband plays it – oh, trance time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr_L38bwZhU or on harp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d-4siO6bdE BUT – it works a lot better live.
4. Certain voices talking – this has only happened once, actually, but the voice was smooth with smooth diction & tempo.
So an aide at my office does my filing 2x/wk, and when he does, I just stare at my computer and bask in the high of this sensation. I can’t really even see him, as he is mostly behind me, but a) He’s only 3 feet from me, b) he’s doing a soft task I can hear and c) he’s doing it for ME. SO nice. This is the only situation in which I can "plan" it, otherwise it always needs to be spontaneous. But even when in my office, it’ll last only 10 seconds or so, then something distracts me, but it can come back if all gets quiet again.
I agree that there must be some pleasant association that was created at some point, but there must be another element for us, because EVERYBODY has pleasant associations, but only we get the distinct tingling. Mine, btw, doesn’t travel – it stays in my head.
I asked my brain physiology professor back in the 80’s what this was, and he had no idea. We agreed there must be a release of endorphins, and that I was pretty lucky I could get that sensation without the use of drugs.
I’ll check out some videos but I haven’t had this triggered by anything I’ve ever come across on TV or youtube. It seems to need to be LIVE.
Thank you, fellow Martians!
December 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm #113238SoundstrueParticipant
What a relief! You guys know EXACTLY what I’m talking about!! Last night I sat on the couch and my husband pulled out the laptop and started emailing. Those key strokes triggered my euphoria instantly. I’ve always wondered what the heck this is, but never told anyone. So right then and there I Googled "love the sounds of paper rustling’ and found this board. My earliest memory of experiencing this sensation was when I was 6. My teacher was reading a picture book to our class and each exquisite turn of the page sent me into bliss. I’ll never forget it. However, I associated it as being some kind of weird perversion (not sure why because it’s definitely not sexual, just delightfully tingly and soothing), so I never shared this with anyone until last night after reading these boards! My husband seemed absolutely delighted and curious by my descriptions. Being a musician, he said he also gets chills from great music. Not the same, I said. Here’s my list of triggers:
– Libraries. If someone is re-shelving or flipping through pages, I have to stop what I’m doing, just stand there and melt.
– Newspapers. Like others, I also discovered this caused the same feeling so I would deliberately sit near my Grandpa as he flipped through the pages when I was kid. Same affect nowadays in coffee shops, for example.
– Key strokes. Sheer delight for me.
– I discovered a new one within the past year. In my yoga class, during savasana, the teacher will walk back and forth across the floor to turn off lights, turn up heat, put props away, etc… The sound of her feet gently shuffling across the floor is absolutely pleasurable in the same way as paper rustling.
– Pencil cases, make up cases, etc…(Yup, me too!) I went to Art School and never noticed if sketching or painting had an affect. That might be because I was so focused on my own drawing.
And yes, it is triggered by OTHER people at times when I’m not looking for it to happen. It catches me off guard. I can’t will it to happen. It just happens when I don’t expect it. And like so many of you, I get super relaxed and it’s a bummer when it ends. Also, if I focus on it, it goes away. I tried an experiment last night. While my husband was emailing, I’d open my eyes and look at his hands typing. The feelings would disappear almost instantly. Then I’d close my eyes again, and off I’d go:)
On the flipside to this, I am absolutely sensitive to noises I perceive as annoying.
– Loud gum chewing/cracking
– Forks/knives scraping on plates (this is maddening to me!)
– Loud chewing
And I’m super sensitive to voices in restaurants. If I can hear someone else’s conversations or knives on their plates or whatnot, I’m immediately agitated and distracted to the point I want to get up and leave. Interesting that it’s all food related noises that affect me negatively and not much else.
Fabulous! Thank you everyone! I am absolutely delighted in knowing there are others out there who experience this!! Thank you for all the great info, the links, and for sharing your experiences!
January 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm #113418pamelamParticipant
this is so interesting! I finally googled what I’ve been experiencing off and on my entire life and lo and behold other people experience this also.
I first noticed this phenom when I was about 10 years old and my kid brother would draw on our chalkboard. Something about his intensity and the sound of chalk on the board would put me in this trance. However it only happened when HE drew on the board, no one else. Something about his intensity and his breathing….
Today I work in a building where my office is right next to the copy machine. HEAVEN! The sounds of the paper, the squeeky sound of the copy machine door being lifted, the squeeky sounds of the old floor as people shift their feet, the glorious sound of the paper cutter, the stapler….I sit and front of my computer and stare at the screen and I’m completely zoned! haha, doesn’t sound too productive does it? Actually, I can snap out of it if I want to, thank goodness. But it is wonderful to be able to experience these sensations.
February 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm #113491JonRsParticipant
These noises put me in a relaxed trance. I put them in order of discovery and the trance only occurs if performed by someone other than myself.
Turning pages of a Newspaper.
Writing with chalk.
Sucking on a lozenges.
Fast laptop & computer typists.
Horse walking or galloping in a movie.
Haircuts by a female.
Clicking of a game controller.
May 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm #113845kgreenerParticipant
I’m really glad I found this post…I have experienced the same thing my whole life. The sounds of folding paper, library books with plastic covers opening and closing, the scratching of a pencil across paper, they all put me in a trance-like state that you all have been describing. When I hear these noises I become extremely happy and sleepy, and often don’t realize that I’ve been sitting somewhere completely motionless for a prolonged period of time. However, certain other noises drive me to the brink of insanity. Noises such as people chewing loudly, or reaching their hands into chip bags. I have always wondered what causes this to happen…I read an article once that sounded like it was vaguely describing something similar to this phenomenon, and it said that certain people are just "noise sensitive", and it listed a lot of the noises that people listed on here as being enjoyable/annoying. The article didn’t mention there being any sort of emotional connection tied to these noises. I wish I could remember where I found the article, but alas, it was months ago that I read it…
If anyone else finds the noise of pencil on paper to be enjoyable, this YouTube video is heavenly to me, I could listen to it for hours – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svNoB9dWDi4
June 3, 2013 at 12:56 am #113894LMCaseyParticipant
I haven’t read all the posts in this thread, but by now, perhaps you have discovered all of the ASMR videos on YouTube. ASMR really helps reduce anxiety in my case.
July 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm #114042GremlinGnome422Participant
I actually have the same response with my ears when it comes to rustling noises,my ears start to have a tingling sensation & I feel pleasant ,but I thought this article might give some hindsight to what causes this. Good Luck
"The ear’s amazing sensitivity to faint sounds comes from cells with hairlike protrusions in the inner ear. The exact mechanism remains a mystery, but a recent experiment explores how spontaneous vibrations in these hair cells synchronize intermittently with weak mechanical signals. As described in Physical Review Letters, the observations suggest that hair cells may respond to sounds through changes in the timing (or phase) of their internally driven vibrations.
The inner ear contains thousands of hair cells, each with a “hair bundle” of 30–50 protrusions. Sound waves entering the ear can induce hair bundle vibrations, which are converted into electrical signals and sent to the brain. What remains unexplained is how the weakest audible sounds are detected, since they excite vibrations below the thermal noise background in the ear. The answer may be active amplification. Previous experiments performed in vitro found that bundles oscillate spontaneously from an internal driver, and this motion could synchronize with a small external input.
Yuttana Roongthumskul and colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles, have performed new in vitro experiments on individual hair bundles from a bullfrog auditory system. Unlike previous observations that focused on the amplitude response, the team recorded the phase of spontaneous oscillations as the bundles were stimulated with a vibrating glass fiber. High-speed camera data showed the degree to which the bundles synchronized with the stimulating signal. For relatively strong stimulations, fiber and bundle motions had a constant phase difference (i.e., they were “phase-locked”). But for weaker stimulations, the hair bundles exhibited “phase slips” as they temporarily lost synchronization and then regained it. The authors believe this intermittent synchronization, occurring in an ensemble of cells, provides a possible model for sensitivity at the lower limit of audibility."- Michael Schirber
July 10, 2013 at 6:46 am #114068Richard02Participant
I had various tests including echocardiogram and regular holter monitor testing at home.
July 30, 2013 at 4:26 am #114127Ngentile86Participant
I’m so happy I found this!!!! I thought I was the only one with this condition. I realized that I had this when I was in grammar school and the sound of my peers turning pages in our text book could put me to sleep in a few minutes. There are also other sounds like some people’s voices, people opening up bags of chips lol I feel like such a weirdo. The sound of someone going through their purse can also put me to sleep! I cant explain the feeling, its almost euphoric. I’m so glad not alone in this 😉
August 24, 2013 at 11:07 am #114237animartcoParticipant
This is a very interesting discussion and I am surprised I haven’t looked into it before. It is a question of degree isn’t it? We all find certain sounds evocative. Most often it is music that we associate with happenings in the past. There are pieces of music that always make me cry. And there is ‘spooky’ music used in all horror films which actually heightens the tension and makes the spine creep, before anything horrible happens. Rather like Pavlov’s dogs salivating at the sound of a bell. So sound does evoke physical responses by association. And just small sounds can ‘lift’ you by affecting chemicals in the brain. For me it’s seagulls crying that gives me this sudden tingle. I do not know where the memory came from. It could have been a composite of all the times I was taken to the seaside as a child.
But library books being shelved? I take it that must come from the school library. The memories that cause this response can be happy or sad. I don’t think that makes a difference, strangely. The important thing is that they are associated with either very strong emotions, or frequently repeated emotions.
September 28, 2013 at 3:42 am #114414angwalParticipant
I also have this same reaction. After all this time that it has happened to me, I decided to search for it on the internet because I knew I couldn’t be the only one. There are so many posts already, but I just wanted to say that I saw a documentary once that said during the time we were in the womb in our mom we heard things very differently, pretty much like being underwater. Everything is muffled and many sounds, as an adult, like rustling papers, someone sweeping, or voices are all emulating the sounds we heard in the womb that soothed us. So we become very relaxed & protected. I think this is just part of it, and I also think its sounds from when I was a child that were comforting.
Weirdly enough what does it for me is my dogs grooming themselves or bitting their nails. Then I also noticed sweeping is the same. But for me its such a relaxed state that I could go to sleep at any moment, but its also like a heightened state of brain function. I seem to concentrate better & work better when I hear these sounds. I want to see if I can simulate it by getting sounds off of YouTube. It looks like it works for some people.
Happy listening to everyone 🙂
September 2, 2014 at 3:33 am #115400pinkbikeParticipant
I,too have had this condition for as early as I can remember but did not realize it until adulthood.The primary sound,as you describe as rustling papers for me I describe as "turning pages".I sit unsuspectfully in doctor’s waiting rooms as people read magazines,etc.& hope they "turn the pages right",but sometimes they pause to read an article or stop reading altogether which ruins my "brain massage".I have often wondered what would happen if someone turned the pages right for a prolonged period of time?Would I go over the top & go into some sort of hypnonis?Nobody has ever done that because as I said I am listening on the sly.I have tried to pay people to turn pages but they try too hard.I also have other sounds that massage my brain:coloring with crayons,sweeping floors with a firm bristled broom,spraying a surface w/ windex and wiping it and rustling of a chip bag when people eat chips.I finally googled my condition today and was surprised to see the first one about rustling pages.I would love to find out more about this.Text me at 920-203-0155 if you can because even my doctor thought I was crazy.
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