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See detailThe behaviour of the PSI (palmar sweat index) during two stressful laboratory situations.
Köhler, Thomas; Weber, Dittmar; Vögele, Claus UL

in Journal of Psychophysiology (1990), (4), 281-287

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See detailDie Zahl der aktiven palmaren Schweißdrüsen (PSI, palmar sweat index) als psychophysiologischer Parameter.
Köhler, Thomas; Vögele, Claus UL; Weber, Dittmar

in Zeitschrift für Experimentelle und Angewandte Psychologie (1989), 36

Two laboratory studies were carried out to assess the behavior of the active palmar sweat glands in both an active and a passive coping situation. Stressor in study I was watching a distressing film, in ... [more ▼]

Two laboratory studies were carried out to assess the behavior of the active palmar sweat glands in both an active and a passive coping situation. Stressor in study I was watching a distressing film, in study II mental arithmetic. Subjects were male students, 17 in experiment I, 20 in experiment II. Both experiments involved a 10-minute baseline phase, a 10-minute stress period, and a follow-up of 10 minutes. PSI was assessed at 90-sec intervals and averaged across phases, as were readings in SCL, SCR, heart rate, diastolic and systolic blood pressure. PSI could be determined in 16 subjects of each study. In both experiments PSI increased significantly from baseline to stress (p less than 0.1%) and decreased from stress to follow-up (p less than 0.1%), and thus proved to be the most sensitive indicator for stress. The interrater reliability for counting the number of active sweat glands was high when the area for evaluation was defined unambiguously. Since the assessment of the PSI does not require a sophisticated technology and is thus also applicable in field research, we suggest giving more consideration to this variable. [less ▲]

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