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Stimwave is based on colorful fidget toys and sensory gifs often found on Tumblr and Pinterest, for neurodivergent people, by neurodivergent people.

Stim toys were created to help those with autism, ADHD, and other disorders or neurotypes under the neurodivergent umbrella, but they began to embrace each other and created surreal GIFs and videos involving poking, stretching, squeezing, folding, and cutting objects with often unique viscosity.

This aesthetic is directly related to a phenomenon knows as Supernormal Stimuli. This is evident in animals as well as people and is usually caused by an attraction to vibrant colours, round and smooth shapes and interesting textures. Because of this instinctual behaviour to vibrant objects, one can feel a sense of satisfaction when interracting with them.


Stimwave includes satisfying visuals; imagery like manipulating slime, loose materials (like sand or glitter), or fidget toys is the central motif of this aesthetic. Another common visual theme includes organized and/or artistic GIFs that give the viewer a feeling of satisfaction.

Stimcore is closely related to the phenomena of ASMR. Anything that scratches one's brain in a pleasant way can be involved in this aesthetic.

Common motifs include:

  • Slime
  • Various fidget toys (cubes, spinners, tangle toys, DNA balls, mesh-covered stress balls, chew necklaces, infinite bubble wrap, Möbii balls, stress toys, etc.)
  • Shiny objects or decorations (glitter, crystals, beads, etc.)
  • Crumbly objects (bubble bars, bath bombs, etc.)
  • Lava lamps
  • Orbeez


External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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