Wednesday, January 8, 2014


By A. Charlotte Rose


Oh my God... oh my God... oh my God... I think I am having a brain orgasm. And just from hearing hubby whisper in my ear!

He has an awesome, sexy voice, but, according to the concept behind autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), any kind of whispering [and other sounds] can make your head all tingly and result in a feeling of, well, orgasmic pleasure, emanating from the general vicinity of your brain and sending a tingling sensation around your head. Sigh.

Perhaps you get that tingly feeling when a character you are working on starts whispering in your ear and a scene is flowing like magic, although it apparently can happen through more mundane activities.

You may have had one without even knowing it. Think back to times when you got your hair cut or washed and the touch of your hair stylists made you head feel so very good. Or even observing an activity or event where you felt a tingle run up your scalp.

There is not a whole lot of medical research for this phenomenon but they do have a website for research and support (which was down at the time of this posting but try later).

Steven Novella covered it recently in his Neurologica Blog and said the website reports that the following experiences that can lead to a braingasm:

- 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

Turns out there is a big community of enthusiasts who swear by the ASMR phenomenon. They describe the sensation refer to it as a "brain orgasm", "brain massage", "head tingle", "brain tingles", "head orgasm", "spine tingle", and "braingasm."

Why are braingasms good for you? Seeking them out can relax you—and we all know that romance writers need to chill a little! There is, in fact, a growing field called "Whisper Therapy," according to this report.

An article in Time, posted yesterday, reported: "The term ASMR was coined by Jenn Allen, a 30-year-old New Yorker who works in Healthcare IT. She started the ASMR Research Institute, an unofficial organization that relies on volunteers to help analyze the neuroscience and psychology behind why the phenomenon exists."

Since 2008 hundreds have created ASMR videos and upload them to YouTube and the community just keeps growing. One fan started the Water Whispers Channel on You Tube.

This hot guy who identifies himself as Truth Revolutions is one of them. Click here for his video. 

I suspect reading and writing can also bring on a braingasm. Or even watching a hot guy perform a mundane chore without his shirt on might get you there. We are looking into this and will report back soon!

Have you ever had a brain orgasm while writing or reading?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A.Charlotte Rose is a journalist specializing in love, sex, and the new erotic romance revolution, and she is also an author in the erotic romance genre. She pens the “Hot Romance” Column for The Three Tomatoes. Visit her at Follow her on Facebook at


  1. I've experienced that head/facial tingling from hearing the voice of a desired one and/or "Close, personal attention" from him, but when my hair gets combed or brushed by another person, I just sneeze. :-) And maaaaaybe I've felt it when reading something sexay. OK, and from writing it, as well, but this is rare.

  2. I most certainly get tingles watching men do useful things. Shirt on or off!