≪Organizer Abstract≫
The purpose of this session is to provide information and discuss issues concerning highly sensitive persons (HSPs). HSP in Japan, approximately 20% of the world's population, possess a personality trait known as sensory processing sensitivity (SPS). This trait is distinguished by depth of processing all stimulation with lower sensory threshold and being easily over-aroused by external stimuli, such as loud noises, bright lights and strong smells. Since Aron & Aron (1997) conceptualized this innate trait and developed a measurement scale, research has gained considerable momentum within the past few decades. In Japan, only a few academic studies on HSP have been done at present. In this session, we plan to introduce the measurements of HSP for Japanese and show the evidence for further psychological approaches to HSPs.
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