2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Sound Sensitivity and Personality Correlates with Experience Regarding Sound-Related Phenomenon

Grace E. Edgar
Dr. Amber Johnson and Dr. Brian Ott (University Of Missouri), Faculty Mentors

In this study, we will look at the “autonomous sensory meridian response” (ASMR) as a multisensory sensation brought on by oral sounds; additionally, its experience is a possible indicator of a broader sound sensitivity trait. The hypothesis is that those who are able to undergo shifts in mental states, such as through a guided shamanic journey, may also experience an increased sensitivity to the phenomenon of ASMR, and vice versa. This potentially heightened sensitivity, alongside religiousness and personality, may give insight into how select individuals perceive sound and self in relation to one another. In the current study, personality is measured using the Big Five Inventory -an online questionnaire self-assessing personality traits of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. A proposed relationship between sound perception, personality, and religious activity might provide a better understanding of how aural phenomenon is experienced, specifically in the case of ASMR and guided Shamanic journeying. 


Keywords: ASMR, Shamanism, Sensitivity, Sound, Personality, Religion, Aural phenomenon

Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 404-2
Location: SUB Georgian Room C
Time: 2:15

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