The electrodermal system

  • Dawson M
  • Schell A
  • Filion D
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Abstract

Electrodermal activity (EDA) has been one of the most widely used response systems in the history of psychophysiology. Research involving EDA has been reported in practically all psychology, psychiatry, and psychophysiology research journals. The wide range of journals in which EDA research is published reflects the fact that EDA measures have been applied to a wide variety of questions ranging from basic research examining attention, information processing, and emotion, to more applied clinical research examining predictors and/or correlates of normal and abnormal behavior. The application of EDA measures to a wide variety of issues is due in large part to its relative ease of measurement and quantification combined with its sensitivity to psychological states and processes. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a tutorial overview of EDA for interested students, researchers, and practitioners who are not specialists in this particular system. The authors begin with a historical orientation and then discuss the physical, inferential, psychological, and social aspects of EDA. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • *Galvanic Skin Response
  • Psychophysiology

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Authors

  • Michael E Dawson

  • Anne M Schell

  • Diane L Filion

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