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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 1999 Nov-Dec;49(6):926-35.

[The characteristics of the electrodermal activity during changes in the level of human wakefulness].

[Article in Russian]

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Neirokom Joint-Stock Company, Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.


The wake-drowsiness transition during the performance of a monotonous psychomotor test was studied using polygraphic recording, with particular emphasis on changes in the electrodermal activity (EDA) and occurrence of electrodermal reactions (EDR). It was found that decrease in wakefulness was accompanied by a drop of the EDA. The EDR gradually disappeared for several minutes and did not reappear without activation; their dependence on sex and individual features of a subject significantly increased. It is suggested that discrepancies in the experimental results of psychophysiological studies with EDA may be explained by an insufficient control of the subject's alertness throughout the experiment. Examples of such discrepancies are given: disagreement of sex differences in the EDA, differentiation between EDA-labile and EDA-stable persons, on a possibility of recording the "emotional" EDA from different parts of human body etc. The ways of reproducibility of the results are discussed including the recording of several wake-drowsiness transitions and better recognition of the EDR.

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