Capability of an organism to discriminate between a habitat where resources are fairly stable over a long period versus a habitat in which large fluctuations of resources occur. If a species exhibits risk sensitivity, it will choose a fairly stable environment, whereas a less sensitive species may choose a less stable environment.

RISK SENSITIVITY: "Humans have a better risk sensitivity than reptiles."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "RISK SENSITIVITY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/risk-sensitivity/ (accessed April 17, 2021).