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Sensitivityresearch.com is a website run by researchers dedicated to sharing reliable information on the human trait of sensitivity.

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

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Children’s Sensory Processing Sensitivity and Prosocial Behaviours

In two independent samples, we found that children with high sensory processing sensitivity demonstrated higher susceptibility to the influence of positive parenting regarding their prosocial behaviour.

In the lab, highly sensitive children demonstrated higher susceptibility to observed negative feedback compared to children with low sensitivity.

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Summary of the 1st Environmental Sensitivity Meeting in Chieti-Pescara, Italy

The 1st international meeting on research related to environmental sensitivity took place at the University of Chieti Pescara, Italy, on the 18th of May 2023. In this blog we summarise the meeting and highlight some key contributions. More details on talks and discussed topics are provided in the booklet of abstract, available as PDF at the bottom of this page.

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High Sensitivity is Associated with Accelerated Biological Aging

This study investigated the association between high sensitivity and telomere length as a biomarker of biological aging. We recruited 82 adolescents. Results show that sensitivity is negatively correlated with telomere length. More specifically, students with Low Sensory Threshold, one component of sensitivity, tend to have shorter telomeres, which indicates accelerated biological aging.

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

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