Publication recommendations for electrodermal measurements

Psychophysiology. 2012 Aug;49(8):1017-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01384.x. Epub 2012 Jun 8.


This committee was appointed by the SPR Board to provide recommendations for publishing data on electrodermal activity (EDA). They are intended to be a stand-alone source for newcomers and experienced users. A short outline of principles for electrodermal measurement is given, and recommendations from an earlier report (Fowles et al., ) are incorporated. Three fundamental techniques of EDA recording are described: (1) endosomatic recording without the application of an external current, (2) exosomatic recording with direct current (the most widely applied methodology), and (3) exosomatic recording with alternating current-to date infrequently used but a promising future methodology. In addition to EDA recording in laboratories, ambulatory recording has become an emerging technique. Specific problems that come with this recording of EDA in the field are discussed, as are those emerging from recording EDA within a magnetic field (e.g., fMRI). Recommendations for the details that should be mentioned in publications of EDA methods and results are provided.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Artifacts
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Electrodes
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Galvanic Skin Response / drug effects
  • Galvanic Skin Response / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory
  • Psychophysiology / standards*
  • Publications / standards*
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena