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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 64  |  Page : 173--177

Stress and odor sensitivity in persons with noise sensitivity


1 Department of Psychology, Umeň University, Umeň, Sweden
2 Department of Psychology, Umeň University, Umeň, Sweden; School of Psychology, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

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Steven Nordin
Department of Psychology, Umeň University, SE-90187 Umeň, Sweden

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Source of Support: Grants from the European territorial cooperation program Botnia-Atlantica, Region Vństerbotten (Sweden), and the Regional Council of strobothnia (Finland), Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.112366

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Previous research has indicated that sensory sensitivity/intolerance to a specific modality may be part of a more general environmental hypersensitivity, and possibly mediated by stress. This study investigated the relationship between noise sensitivity, perceived stress, and odor sensitivity in a group of men. A quasi-experimental design was used. One-hundred and thirty-four male undergraduate students completed Weinstein's noise sensitivity scale from which a low-sensitivity group (n = 16) and a high-sensitivity (n = 16) group were formed. These two groups were screened for loss in auditory and olfactory detection sensitivity, and completed the perceived stress questionnaire (PSQ) and the chemical sensitivity scale (CSS). One-way analysis of variance and Spearman correlational analyses were performed. Significantly higher scores on the PSQ (P < 0.05) and the CSS (P < 0.05) were found in the high noise-sensitivity group compared to the low noise-sensitivity group. These findings raise the question of whether the relation between noise and odor sensitivity reflects a general environmental sensitivity.






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