Analytic measures for quantification of arousal from spontaneous skin conductance fluctuations

Dominik R. Bach, Karl J. Friston, Raymond J. Dolan
2010 International Journal of Psychophysiology  
Autonomic arousal is often indexed by spontaneous fluctuations in skin conductance. Here, we derive a simple measure of sympathetic arousal, using a convolution model of how sudomotor bursting causes fluctuations in skin conductivity. Under this model, the time-integral of measured conductance is proportional to the frequency and amplitude of sudomotor bursts. We demonstrate the validity of this measure in relation to finite impulse response models, and show that it is a better predictor of autonomic arousal, relative to conventional measures.
doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2010.01.011 pmid:20144665 pmcid:PMC2877802 fatcat:nupxjoe6tne43i7fnjoqkgmzdu