Emotion - Emotion Autonomic Nervous System The autonomic...

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Emotion Autonomic Nervous System The autonomic nervous system is made up of two parts: the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Unlike the sympathetic nervous system , which prepares the body for action, the parasympathetic nervous system keeps the body still. The sympathetic nervous system involves expending energy, while the parasympathetic nervous system works to keep energy in the body. Measuring Emotion Researchers often use autonomic responses to measure emotion. One frequently used autonomic response is called the galvanic skin response. The galvanic skin response is an increase in the skin’s rate of electrical conductivity, which occurs when subjects sweat during emotional states. Researchers also use indicators such as blood pressure, muscle tension, heart rate, and respiration rate to measure emotion. Polygraph Tests The polygraph , or lie detector , is a device used to detect deception. In reality, the polygraph cannot detect deception. Instead, it measures autonomic indices of emotion. A subject is hooked
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.

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