Sounds to make you feel good

Videos that stimulate ASMR, or a pleasant, tingling sensation in the viewer, are taking YouTube by storm

In a 13-minute video that has racked up more than 8.5 million views on YouTube, American rapper Cardi B whispers gently into two hyper-sensitive microphones as she looks straight into the camera.

She caresses a furry pillow and taps the base of a wooden children's toy slowly and deliberately with her long acrylic nails.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 18, 2018, with the headline 'Sounds to make you feel good'. Print Edition | Subscribe