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Bachelor of Arts



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Lahnna Catalino

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Ted Bartholomew

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Although many studies have established a significant positive correlation between prioritizing positivity and well-being, very little research has examined potential moderators of this relationship. The purpose of this proposed study is to investigate whether sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) impacts the relationship between prioritizing positivity and well-being. Using a correlational research design, this online study will ask college students to complete a battery of self-report measures assessing participants’ propensity to prioritize positivity, the corresponding level of SPS, and various facets of well-being. It is hypothesized that the impact of prioritizing positivity on well-being will be stronger for high-sensitive individuals than for low-sensitive individuals. This moderation is expected to vary depending on the subcategory of SPS. The current study also aims to explore whether this moderation applies to experiential well-being. Understanding how SPS moderates the impacts of prioritizing positivity may have important implications for future research and interventions catered toward high-sensitive individuals. Furthermore, the proposed study will illuminate if and why some individuals benefit from prioritizing positivity more than others.

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