Electrodermal Activity in Psychological Research

Electrodermal Activity in Psychological Research

1st Edition - January 1, 1973

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  • Editor: William Prokasy
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147446

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Electrodermal Activity in Psychological Research summarizes the methodological problems involved in the application of electrodermal activity as a dependent variable to basic psychophysiological research. The approach of this nine-chapter book is generally from the molecular to the molar in sequence of chapters, from basic to applied research, and from the more elementary to the more complex independent variable manipulation. This book covers first the terminology, recording and measuring techniques, electronic circuits, and current theories of the physiological mechanisms of electrodermal responding. The following chapters deal with the theories of attention and arousal; the indices of electrodermal activity and their relationships to these theories; the problems of measurement and control; and the effects of various independent variable manipulation on simple and differential conditioning performance. The discussions then shift to instrumental conditioning of electrodermal activity and the use of electrodermal measures in research on personality and pathological states, such as with schizophrenics, retardates, depressives, psychotherapy, central nervous system damage, anxiety, and introversion-extroversion. This text further considers the presumed mechanisms underlying systematic desensitization and the relationship of these mechanisms to electrodermal activity. A chapter explores the several widely divergent areas of social psychological research where electrodermal activity has been applied as a dependent variable, including in attitude, empathy, small groups, and social interactions. The concluding chapter evaluates the scientific basis for the application of electrodermal measures to deception detection field.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Chapter 1. Mechanisms, Instrumentation, Recording Techniques, and Quantification of Responses

    I. Introduction

    II. Terminology

    III. Characteristics of Observed Electrodermal Phenomena

    IV. Mechanisms

    V. Measurement

    VI. Summary: What Can Be Inferred from Measures of Electrodermal Activity?

    Appendix I: Recommended Circuits for Skin Conductance Measurement

    Appendix II: Construction of Electrodes

    Appendix III: Recommended Electrode Placements

    General References


    Chapter 2. Attention and Arousal

    I. Introduction

    II. Theories of Attention and Arousal

    III. Dependent Variables and Theoretical Concepts

    IV. Issues in Research


    Chapter 3. Classical Conditioning

    I. Introduction

    II. Methodology

    III. Independent Variable Manipulations

    IV. Concluding Comments


    Chapter 4. Complex Variables in Conditioning

    I. Introduction

    II. Compound Signal Conditioning

    III. Semantic Conditioning and Generalization

    IV. Electrodermal Conditioning and the Unconditioned Response

    V. Effects of Instructional Variables on Electrodermal Conditioning

    VI. Individual Difference Factors


    Chapter 5. Instrumental Conditioning

    I. Background and Definitions

    II. Literature Review

    III. Summary and Theoretical Implications


    Chapter 6. Personality and Psychopathology

    I. Introduction

    II. Schizophrenia

    III. Depression

    IV. Psychopathy

    V. Mental Retardation

    VI. Central Nervous System Damage

    VII. Anxiety

    VIII. Introversion-Extroversion


    Chapter 7. Systematic Desensitization

    I. Introduction

    II. Mechanisms Underlying Desensitization Therapy and Their Relationship to Electrodermal Activity

    III. Empirical Findings and Their Relationship to Theory

    IV. Summary


    Chapter 8. Social Psychophysiology

    I. Introduction

    II. Attitudes

    III. Empathy

    IV. Small Groups and Social Interaction

    V. Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Differences

    VI. Summary an d Conclusions


    Chapter 9. Detection of Deception

    I. Introduction

    II. Methodology

    III. Theories of Lie Detection

    IV. Major Problems Requiring Research

    V. Countermeasures and Counter-Countermeasures

    VI. Summary and Conclusions


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 514
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1973
  • Published: January 1, 1973
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147446

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