Article: The Importance of Sensory Processing in Mental Health

Course Overview

3 CEUs.

Purchase access to the questionnaire on this open access journal article. You will be required to read the article and answer multiple choice questions related to the article (you must get 70% and above to qualify for the 3 CEUs).  

Objectives of this course:

After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:
  1. Define sensory processing abnormalities and sensitivities.
  2. Link various sensory processing abnormalities and mental health disorders to the corresponding neurological structures that are affected.
  3. Discuss interoception and exteroception as they relate to mental health disorders.
  You have until 31st December 2023 to complete this task.




Harrison LA, Kats A, Williams ME, Aziz-Zadeh L. The Importance of Sensory Processing in Mental Health: A Proposed Addition to the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Suggestions for RDoC 2.0. Front Psychol. 2019 Feb 5;10:103. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00103. PMID: 30804830; PMCID: PMC6370662.

Summary of the article

This article introduces the Institute of Mental Health’s Research Domain Criteria, a multi-dimensional framework for characterising mental functioning in health and disease.

Besides its benefits in understanding the classification of mental health conditions, and usefulness in research contexts, this article offers definitions and grounding of sensory processing in neuroanatomy and physiology. The article demonstrates how abnormalities in sensory processing and sensitivity link to impairments noted in various mental health conditions including ASD, Depression, Schizophrenia, Panic Disorder amongst others. It goes on to suggest that sensory abnormalities may even serve as biomarkers to assist in appropriate diagnosis of mental health disorders.

Ratings and Reviews

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Wendy Hoffmann
Posted 4 weeks ago
Lots of new learning

This was a lot of new information for me, so I suspect an introduction to an area I need to explore more. I currently work in neurorehabilitation, but this was very interesting!

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Kayla Smith
Posted 3 months ago
Very in-depth

The article was, at times, not succinct enough. I had to read over some sections a few times before I fully understood the concepts. Overall, the impression was that the article was looking at a more dynamic versus static approach to classifying difficulties in mental health, which embodies the nature of occupational therapy nicely. Everything came together well in the end, and the quiz helped!

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Asashanduki Ramukhithi
Posted 4 months ago
very informative

it was a bit difficult to keep up with all the neural functions, pathways and brain areas but it was very informative and enjoyable

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