The Highly Sensitive Brain - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128182512

The Highly Sensitive Brain

1st Edition

Research, Assessment, and Treatment of Sensory Processing Sensitivity

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Editors: Bianca Acevedo
Paperback ISBN: 9780128182512
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2020
Page Count: 300
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The Highly Sensitive Brain: Research, Assessment, and Treatment of Sensory Processing Sensitivity covers the assessment, practice and science of sensory sensitivity for both clinicians and applied researchers. Focusing on the major theories of sensory processing sensitivity, the book presents sections on the prevalence in humans and other species, an assessment on diagnosis in children and adults, and overlapping symptoms and disorders. The book describes the mechanisms underlying sensory processing sensitivity and examines the neurobiological and genetic correlates of the trait in humans and in non-human species.

Latter chapters overview therapies and interventions that have been shown to improve quality of life for individuals with moderate to high sensory processing sensitivity.

Key Features

  • Discusses how highly sensitive nervous systems adapt to rapid changes
  • Presents a brain model for addressing variations in sensitivity
  • Examines sensory sensitivity from a biological and evolutionary perspective
  • Demonstrates how sensory sensitivity manifests behaviorally
  • Serves as a practical guide for assessment and treatment


Researchers, students, and clinicians in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, medicine, psychiatry, neurology

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction and Background
    2. Prevalence
    3. Assessment and Diagnosis
    4. Health and Social Outcomes
    5. Neurobiology and Genetic Underpinnings
    6. Symptoms and Related Clinical Disorders
    7. Treatment
    8. Future Directions


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About the Editor

Bianca Acevedo

Dr. Bianca Acevedo is the Director and Founder of the Foundation for Healthy Relationships and Lives (2011), a research scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), a private consultant, writer, and public speaker. She has conducted research at the Department of Public Health at Weil Cornell Medical College in New York City; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the NYC Department of health and Mental Hygiene, and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Acevedo teaches courses in Interpersonal Relationships, Positive Psychology, and Research Methods. She has published several widely recognized articles on the science of love and being a Highly Sensitive Person, which have appeared in media outlets around the globe and which she has presented both nationally and internationally. She was the recipient of the 2012 International Woman in Science Award. Dr. Acevedo has done extensive research on the neural basis of romantic love, and high sensitivity and personality dimensions in romantic relationships.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director and Founder, Foundation for Healthy Relationships and Lives; Research Scientist, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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