What exactly does "skin conductance" measure??

J.N.Browndyke cogito at premier.net
Tue May 20 12:08:02 EST 1997

When considering EDA as an index for sympathetic arousal, one needs to
make the distinction between skin conductance and skin resistance.
These two measures are not wholly equivalent - resistance (measured in
KOhms) is the measure of resistance of a current passing from one
electrode to another (typically the volar surface of the arm or
mid-phalange of the index and middle fingers); whereas, conductance
(measured in microSiemens) is the level of current total from one
electrode to the next.  From what I understand, resistance is a better
measure and can be converted to conductance if needed.

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Jeffrey N. Browndyke, M.A. 
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