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Electrical autonomic correlates of emotion

Sequeira, Henrique
Hot, Pascal
Silvert, Laetitia
Published in International Journal of Psychophysiology. 2009, vol. 71, no. 1, p. 50-56
Abstract This paper focussed on how electrophysiological autonomic data may contribute to better understand neural substrates of emotional processing. The utility of autonomic electrophysiological markers for assessing emotional and cognitive processes is presented in the context of an important bodily arousal interface. Components of general autonomic control are reviewed and relevant neural modulations of specific autonomic variables were discussed. The role of autonomic feedback on central processes is emphasized and neural influences on autonomic activities as an index of arousal dimension, the electrodermal activity (EDA), are outlined. An overview of brain mechanisms governing generation and control of EDA is presented, and the contribution of electrodermal parameters as indices of emotional activation illustrated by data related to diurnal emotional reactivity and to non consciously subjective emotionality. Conclusions highlight the role of electrical autonomic expressions as tools to explore emotional components of mind-body-mind relationships.
Keywords AnimalsAutonomic Nervous System/physiologyBrain/physiologyEmotionsFeedback, Psychological/physiologyGalvanic Skin Response/physiologyHumansNeural Pathways/physiology
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