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A procedure for the measurement of infant skin conductance and its initial validation using clap induced startle.
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PMID:  18683186     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Studies examining psychophysiologic markers of infant emotional development abound. However, few studies have used skin conductance (SC), though it measure's sympathetic activity, and none have measured SC on infants sitting up and actively engaged with another person, a significant challenge given the measures sensitivity to movement artifact. In this pilot/feasibility study, we present a procedure for measuring infant SC during active engagement with another person who executes a series of startling claps to elicit an SC response. We measured SC on the plantar surface of the foot of seventeen 5-month-old infants. We found unconditioned SC responses that were related to the intensity of physical startle reactions for each clap trial. We also found anticipatory, conditioned SC responses that occurred within 5 s before each clap that occurred when the researcher raised his clasped hands. These conditioned SC responses grew linearly in intensity over trials. We conclude that SC may be a useful addition to the infant researcher's armamentarium and may indeed be used to measure physiologic reactivity in infants even when actively engaged with another person. Addition of SC measurement to research on infant emotion and emotional communication is likely to advance our understanding of the psychophysiologic foundations of infant emotional development.
Jacob Ham; Ed Tronick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychobiology     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1098-2302     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychobiol     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-15     Completed Date:  2009-01-07     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0164074     Medline TA:  Dev Psychobiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  626-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York 10003, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation / methods
Conditioning (Psychology) / physiology
Feasibility Studies
Galvanic Skin Response / physiology*
Pilot Projects
Psychophysiology / instrumentation,  methods*,  standards
Reproducibility of Results
Startle Reaction / physiology*
Grant Support
MH 16259-26/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; T32 MH016259-26/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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