Merrily Anne Hall

An Investigation of Creative Practice as a Shield for Innate Sensitivity

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My research explores the potential of creative practice as a means of shielding people who are highly sensitive either as a trait (highly sensitive person, or HSP), or as part of a broader spectrum including sensory processing sensitivity, sensory processing disorder and those on the Autistic spectrum. Through an exploration of the role of creative practice in the lives of highly sensitive people, the research seeks to understand how creative practice is used by those with a heightened awareness of their environment from the potential impacts of their sensitivity. I want to raise the profile of high sensitivity through a visual display and also investigate how various creative activities are actually a form of stimming. 

Names of Supervisors:

  • Dr. Paul Harrison
  • Dr. Blair Saunders