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Neuroreport. 1997 Aug 18;8(12):2665-9.

Evoked related potentials associated with and without an orienting reflex.

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  • 1Department of Psychological Medicine, Westmead Hospital and The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Late component event related potentials (ERP) and concomitant electrodermal activity (EDA) measures of the orienting reflex (OR) were undertaken in 50 normal subjects. Our group recently developed a model to quantify electrodermal activity in conventional ERP paradigms (auditory oddball) with short interstimulus intervals (ISI). The method was used to classify the presence or absence of skin conductance response following each auditory target stimulus. Using a conventional paradigm in which data is traditionally averaged, single-trial target ERPs were sorted into those with a skin conductance response OR (ERP[+OR]) and those without (ERP[-OR]) an OR, and ERP sub-averages of the two groups were derived. The ERP(+OR) showed significantly larger P300 amplitudes and relatively earlier N200 and P300 latency than those of the ERP(-OR). These findings suggest that using concomitant SCR-ERP measures, separate ERP related processes can be determined, that are complementary to the traditional average measure.

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