Electrodermal Activity in Psychological Research - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125659505, 9780323147446

Electrodermal Activity in Psychological Research

1st Edition

Editors: William Prokasy
eBook ISBN: 9780323147446
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1973
Page Count: 514
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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 Preface 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 References Chapter 2. Attention and Arousal I. Introduction II. Theories of Attention and Arousal III. Dependent Variables and Theoretical Concepts IV. Issues in Research References Chapter 3. Classical Conditioning I. Introduction II. Methodology III. Independent Variable Manipulations IV. Concluding Comments References 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 References Chapter 5. Instrumental Conditioning I. Background and Definitions II. Literature Review III. Summary and Theoretical Implications References 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 References Chapter 7. Systematic Desensitization I. Introduction II. Mechanisms Underlying Desensitization Therapy and Their Relationship to Electrodermal Activity III. Empirical Findin


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