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“Variability in Psychological Reactivity: Vulnerability, Differential Susceptibility, or Vantage Sensitivity?”

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The notion that some people are more affected than others by the same experience is widely embraced in most fields of psychology and usually framed in a Diathesis-Stress perspective: some people are more vulnerable to adverse experiences as a function of inherent risk characteristics (e.g., personality, genes). More recently, it has been suggested in the Differential Susceptibility framework (Belsky & Pluess, 2009) that individuals may vary in their psychological reactivity more generally: some are more affected by both negative as well as positive influences. Based on this now empirically well-supported proposition, I will introduce the new concept of Vantage Sensitivity which refers to variation in response to exclusively positive experiences (Pluess & Belsky, 2012). Empirical evidence will be presented and evaluated using data from behavioural, physiological, neuroimaging and genetic studies. Potential mechanisms and practical implications will be discussed.

This talk is part of the Well-being Institute Seminars series.

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