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Sensitivity is defined as the ability to perceive and process information about the environment. Although all people are sensitive, some are considerably more than others.

According to research studies, people differ in their sensitivity.
Sensitive people respond more strongly to stress but also benefit more from positive experiences.

This website aims to educate the public, provide free resources to both researchers and practitioners, as well as facilitate international collaboration between researchers.

Research shows that some people are more strongly influenced by their surroundings and experiences. Such differences in sensitivity have a genetic basis.

How sensitive are you?

Sensitivity can be easily measured with a short questionnaire.

According to research, people tend to fall in one of three sensitivity groups: low, medium and high.

Take the test to find out which group you belong to.

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Sensitivity has a genetic basis. Research shows that genes explain up to about 50% of the differences in sensitivity between people.

Sensitivity Blog


The Developmental Origins of High Sensitivity

Amongst 858 members of a large longitudinal birth cohort, we found that high sensitivity in adulthood (28-29 years old) is common in individuals that had short gestational periods (< 38 weeks), and/or are born following stressful pregnancies. Our findings support existing evolutionary theory regarding the development of sensitivity.


Measuring Sensitivity in Chinese Children

We translated the most-used sensitivity questionnaire for children into Chinese and studied how well it worked for Chinese children. Our results from two studies are promising: our Chinese version of the Highly Sensitive Child Questionnaire aligned in most aspects with similar studies conducted globally.

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Individual Differences in Environmental Sensitivity and Gut Health

Our study showed that highly sensitive individuals exhibit higher inflammation at lower levels of gut microbiota diversity, whereas no association with inflammation was demonstrated at higher levels of gut microbiota diversity. Individual differences in environmental sensitivity may moderate the association between gut microbiota and inflammatory biomarkers of stress-related psychiatric symptoms.


Being sensitive has advantages. Sensitive people tend to benefit more from positive and supportive experiences

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