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What exactly does "skin conductance" measure??

Nate notmyaddress at ix.netcom.com
Mon May 12 23:30:59 EST 1997


I've been doing a good deal of reading/research about stress responses
lately and aside from measures of HR, BP, Cortisol, etc, skin conductance
also often comes up.  

First of all, is this the same as galvanic skin response?  If not then what
is GSR?

And secondly, what is/are the underlying mechanism(s) this is measuring? 
(eg, sympathetic, parasympathetic, etc?)

Thank you very much,
Nate

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