ASMR: Woman makes videos of cutting jelly to help people relax

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Massachusetts (Reuters / CBS Newspath) -- A Massachusetts woman has started making colorful videos of jelly being cut into slices with a hot knife, in a bid to help sufferers of anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.

A Massachusetts woman has started making colorful videos of jelly being cut into slices with a hot knife, in a bid to help sufferers of anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. Courtesy: REUTERS/INSTAGRAM/@SUGAR_BOOGERZ/CBS NEWSPATH

Laura Driskill says she was inspired to make the videos after watching similar things to help her relax at stressful time in her life. Her goal, she says, is simply "to make the viewer feel good".

To make the videos, Driskill rolled cups of jelly in glitter and used a kitchen knife, heated on the stove, to cut the blocks into slices. In one of the videos, a glittery gold cylinder of jelly hisses as it is sliced with a hot knife, revealing a bright red interior as gloopy slices of jelly fall away from the block.

Online communities post videos like these in an effort to trigger so-called 'Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response' (ASMR) in viewers. ASMR describes the pleasant tingling sensation that some people feel on the back of their necks when confronted with particular audio-visual stimuli, according to a paper on the peerj.com website. Driskill says many people use such videos to help themselves relax and to treat the symptoms of conditions like depression and anxiety.



 
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