Agreeable Smellers and Sensitive Neurotics - Correlations among Personality Traits and Sensory Thresholds

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Title Agreeable Smellers and Sensitive Neurotics - Correlations among Personality Traits and Sensory Thresholds
Author Croy, Ilona; Springborn, Maria; Lotsch, Jorn; Johnston, Amy Nicole Burne; Hummel, Thomas
Journal Name PLoS One
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Abstract Correlations between personality traits and a wide range of sensory thresholds were examined. Participants (N = 124) completed a personality inventory (NEO-FFI) and underwent assessment of olfactory, trigeminal, tactile and gustatory detection thresholds, as well as examination of trigeminal and tactile pain thresholds. Significantly enhanced odor sensitivity in socially agreeable people, significantly enhanced trigeminal sensitivity in neurotic subjects, and a tendency for enhanced pain tolerance in highly conscientious participants was revealed. It is postulated that varied sensory processing may influence an individual's perception of the environment; particularly their perception of socially relevant or potentially dangerous stimuli and thus, varied with personality.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0018701
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Croy et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CCAL. (http://www.plos.org/journals/license.html)
Volume 6
Issue Number 4
Page from e18701-1
Page to e18701-9
ISSN 1932-6203
Date Accessioned 2012-03-06
Date Available 2012-08-12T23:36:20Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Medical and Health Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44094
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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