Sensory Processing Sensitivity

  title={Sensory Processing Sensitivity},
  author={Elaine N. Aron and Arthur Aron and Jadzia Jagiellowicz},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={262 - 282}
This article reviews the literature on sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) in light of growing evidence from evolutionary biology that many personality differences in nonhuman species involve being more or less responsive, reactive, flexible, or sensitive to the environment. After briefly defining SPS, it first discusses how biologists studying animal personality have conceptualized this general environmental sensitivity. Second, it reviews relevant previous human personality/temperament work… 

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  • E. AronA. Aron
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1997
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