TY - GEN ID - cogprints4846 UR - http://cogprints.org/4846/ A1 - Jawer, Michael Y1 - 2006/01// N2 - Psi researchers often use the term ?sensitivity? when theorizing that certain persons may be more apt to register anomalous influences than others. Through a review of the literature, it is argued that some individuals are disposed toward a range of innate sensitivities that, in novelty as well as intensity, distinguish them from the general population. It is hypothesized that such persons will exhibit greater susceptibility to a range of environmental factors including allergies, migraine headache, chronic pain and chronic fatigue. Furthermore, it is suggested that sensitive individuals will report a higher than average degree of psi perception as well as apparent electromagnetic influence. Through a 54-item survey designed by the author, the following issues are evaluated: the extent to which persons who describe themselves as ?sensitive? appear to be affected by such factors; whether their immediate family members may be similarly affected; to what extent environmental sensitivity parallels apparitional experience; and how such findings compare or contrast with questions asked of a control group. Based on both the literature and the survey results, the author argues that sensitivity is a bona fide neurobiological phenomenon. While no single factor in a person's background is likely to distinguish him/her as ?sensitive,? eight demographic or personality factors are found to be statistically significant. If further studies were to document similar results, a more tangible basis would be provided for the study of apparitional experience than has been possible to date. PB - Society for Psychical Research KW - neurobiology KW - sensitive KW - sensitivity KW - survey KW - environmental KW - anomalous KW - perception KW - migraine KW - allergy KW - synesthesia KW - nightmares KW - sleep KW - disorder KW - chronic KW - pain KW - fatigue KW - fibromyalgia KW - psi KW - apparition KW - apparitional KW - gender KW - women KW - female KW - laterality KW - handedness KW - trauma KW - childhood KW - early KW - depression KW - alcoholism KW - electrical KW - chemical KW - immune KW - fantasy-prone KW - imagination KW - absorption KW - mystical KW - transliminal KW - transliminality KW - electromagnetic KW - personality KW - temperament KW - introversion KW - extroversion KW - ambidextrous KW - first-born TI - Environmental Sensitivity: Inquiry Into a Possible Link with Apparitional Experience SP - 25 AV - public EP - 47 ER -