In recent episodes (Episode #612 and Episode #611), Frissoning and ASMR were discussed, and Steve mentioned that it might be difficult to induce a "Frisson" experience in a loud environment, such as an MRI, for the purposes of figuring out what's going on. I just want to point out that some people can frisson just by thinking about it (I'm one of them), and furthermore, we tend to describe the process in the same way. For me it's like a muscle I can flex, or a gland, in the middle of my brain, and it sends shivers and goosebumps through the body.
All that might sound a bit strange. The whole experience is very synesthetic for an otherwise scientific guy like me... It's as though I can see or imagine what's going on in my skull while I'm inducing the effect. It's possible to induce it over and over again and get in a very focused, meditative state. I can't explain why I don't do it more, because it's pretty relaxing.
It occurs to me that people who can do this whenever they want are the ones that belong in the MRI - that way you don't have to pipe Tosca into their earbuds. I had a brief discussion about this on social media last year, and most people in my readership couldn't self-induce the experience, which led me to recognize the possibility that the researchers may not know that such people exist. Such people weren't mentioned in the synopsis of the study on the shows, either. I've not read the studies yet.
Can anyone else on the forum do this? I wonder if it's as simple as directing someone to concentrate on that area of the brain and send it a command, which is all I think I'm doing...