How the Sensitive Brain Processes Touch
It is assumed that the brain of sensitive individuals works differently. We investigated brain activation while participants were touched by hand. Our results showed stronger activation of the insular brain region for more sensitive individuals.
Practical Advice for the Highly Sensitive Brain
Sensitivity is associated with enhanced activation of brain regions implicated in awareness, memory, and empathy. However, this comes with a cost such as greater risk for over-arousal and overstimulation.
Preliminary evidence suggests that for highly sensitive individuals “rest” may be especially critical for information integration and return to a well-balanced state.
Brain Response of Sensitive People to Emotional Pictures
In response to emotional pictures, highly sensitive people show brain activity in areas associated with reward processing, emotional memory, vigilance/fear, learning, homeostasis, awareness, reflective thinking, and integration of information.
Environmental Sensitivity and Serotonin Transporter Gene Variance: from Rats to Humans
Environmental Sensitivity is seen in both animals and humans, suggesting that is has a strong biological foundation.