Skip to main content
placeholder image

Elicitation and habituation of the electrodermal orienting response in a short interstimulus interval paradigm

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The present experiment was carried out to investigate elicitation and habituation of the electrodermal Orienting Response with stimulus trains utilising a short interstimulus interval (ISI) of 1.1 s. We sought evidence for within-train response decrement to repeated stimulus presentation, response recovery to a change stimulus and dishabituation following the change stimulus - the three properties necessary to unequivocally identify a decremental process as habituation. No autonomic study could be found using such a short ISI. Autonomic studies on this time scale are necessary if these measures are to be integrated with central event-related potential (ERP) measures of electrical brain function. Overcoming this paradigm gap required the development of novel measurement procedures to estimate the small electrodermal responses obtained, usually occurring on the recovery slope of the response to the previous stimulus in the train. With our novel measurement procedures, evidence was found indicating that electrodermal activity in such a paradigm exhibited the three classic criteria of habituation. © 1993.

Publication Date


  • 1993

Citation


  • Barry, R. J., Feldmann, S., Gordon, E., Cocker, K. I., & Rennie, C. (1993). Elicitation and habituation of the electrodermal orienting response in a short interstimulus interval paradigm. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 15(3), 247-253. doi:10.1016/0167-8760(93)90008-D

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0027366201

Start Page


  • 247

End Page


  • 253

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • The present experiment was carried out to investigate elicitation and habituation of the electrodermal Orienting Response with stimulus trains utilising a short interstimulus interval (ISI) of 1.1 s. We sought evidence for within-train response decrement to repeated stimulus presentation, response recovery to a change stimulus and dishabituation following the change stimulus - the three properties necessary to unequivocally identify a decremental process as habituation. No autonomic study could be found using such a short ISI. Autonomic studies on this time scale are necessary if these measures are to be integrated with central event-related potential (ERP) measures of electrical brain function. Overcoming this paradigm gap required the development of novel measurement procedures to estimate the small electrodermal responses obtained, usually occurring on the recovery slope of the response to the previous stimulus in the train. With our novel measurement procedures, evidence was found indicating that electrodermal activity in such a paradigm exhibited the three classic criteria of habituation. © 1993.

Publication Date


  • 1993

Citation


  • Barry, R. J., Feldmann, S., Gordon, E., Cocker, K. I., & Rennie, C. (1993). Elicitation and habituation of the electrodermal orienting response in a short interstimulus interval paradigm. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 15(3), 247-253. doi:10.1016/0167-8760(93)90008-D

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0027366201

Start Page


  • 247

End Page


  • 253

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 3