Electrodermal reactivity: An analysis by age and sex

C. Eisdorfer, H. O. Doerr, W. Follette

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Abstract

Resting electrodermal levels and electrodermal response to Valsalva maneuver were measured in males and females of three age groups (young, middle-aged, old). Significant sex and age effects were observed. Young and middle-aged females had lower electrodermal resting levels than males. These differences were reversed for the young age group during a Valsalva maneuver, where the females gave larger specific responses. With old age, sex differences diminished, resting state conductance levels decreased, but the specific conductance responses to Valsalva remained relatively unchanged. Results demonstrate interactive age and sex effects on the electrodermal measure. Possible relevance of the data to sex differences in adaptation and stress response are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Human Stress
Volume6
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1980
Externally publishedYes

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Valsalva Maneuver
Sex Characteristics
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Galvanic Skin Response

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Eisdorfer, C., Doerr, H. O., & Follette, W. (1980). Electrodermal reactivity: An analysis by age and sex. Journal of Human Stress, 6(4), 39-42.

Electrodermal reactivity : An analysis by age and sex. / Eisdorfer, C.; Doerr, H. O.; Follette, W.

In: Journal of Human Stress, Vol. 6, No. 4, 01.12.1980, p. 39-42.

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Eisdorfer, C, Doerr, HO & Follette, W 1980, 'Electrodermal reactivity: An analysis by age and sex', Journal of Human Stress, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 39-42.
Eisdorfer C, Doerr HO, Follette W. Electrodermal reactivity: An analysis by age and sex. Journal of Human Stress. 1980 Dec 1;6(4):39-42.
Eisdorfer, C. ; Doerr, H. O. ; Follette, W. / Electrodermal reactivity : An analysis by age and sex. In: Journal of Human Stress. 1980 ; Vol. 6, No. 4. pp. 39-42.
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