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

Stress and odor sensitivity in persons with noise sensitivity

Steven Nordin1, Jessica K÷rning Ljungberg2, Anna-Sara Claeson1, Gregory Neely1 
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

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 WeinsteinźSQ╗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.


How to cite this article:
Nordin S, Ljungberg JK, Claeson AS, Neely G. Stress and odor sensitivity in persons with noise sensitivity.Noise Health 2013;15:173-177


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Nordin S, Ljungberg JK, Claeson AS, Neely G. Stress and odor sensitivity in persons with noise sensitivity. Noise Health [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Aug 3 ];15:173-177
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