A COMPARISON OF GSR AND SUBJECTIVE ADAPTATION TO STRESSFUL STIMULI.
INDIANA UNIV BLOOMINGTON
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The purpose of this study was to compare subjective and physiological adaptation, as measured by magnitude of GSRs, to electric shock and auditory noise. In Exp. I 48 Ss received 15 shocks of constant intensity, one subgroup always receiving low shocks, the other high. Ss were told that shock intensity would vary and rated the intensity of each shock immediately following its presentation. In Exp. II the same procedure was followed with 50 different Ss using noises instead of shocks. Shock Ss showed significant subjective adaptation but no GSR adaptation. Noise Ss showed GSR adaptation with a significant increase in subjective intensity reports. The importance of anticipation, in terms of level of arousal, at the onset of the session is discussed. Author
- Anatomy and Physiology