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Can different types of anxiety states be differentiated electrodermally?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7183094     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Increased electrodermal spontaneous fluctuation and decreased skin conductance OR recovery time were related to short duration increases in test anxiety. These electrodermal indices were unrelated to long-term worry associated with an impending stressful event. Amplitudes of responses were not related to short-term (or test) anxiety. Amplitude of the startle response was found to increase over a period of one week, as anxiety provoking events approached, where the subjects were in a position of helplessness. However, when an effective coping was subjectively perceived, 'startle response' appeared to be 'inhibited' to a significant degree. Amplitude of startle response may be a useful index for monitoring subjective 'worry' versus 'coping'.
J W Hinton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Activitas nervosa superior     Volume:  Suppl 3     ISSN:  0001-7604     ISO Abbreviation:  Act Nerv Super (Praha)     Publication Date:  1982  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-07-08     Completed Date:  1983-07-08     Revised Date:  2007-09-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400662     Medline TA:  Act Nerv Super (Praha)     Country:  CZECHOSLOVAKIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  307-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / diagnosis*
Diagnosis, Differential
Galvanic Skin Response / physiology*
Prisoners / psychology
Startle Reaction / physiology
Stress, Psychological / physiopathology
Students / psychology*

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