The present study is an attempt to measure the correlation between "vigilance", as indicated by signal detection, and the galvanic skin response (GSR). The following four dependent variables were measured:
(a) Galvanic skin response (continuously recorded, although discrete values were later selected for measurement);
(b) ommission errors (where S fails to detect a signal which has occurred);
(c) commission errors (or "false detections", where S detects a signal which has not in fact occurred); and
(d) reaction times to signals.
The major purpose of the present study was, in part, to replicate the Ross, Dardano, and Hackman study utilizing more sophisticated equipment and larger number of subjects and, by taking continuous GSR measurements, to more exhaustively test major hypothesis that a relationship exists between the galvanic skin response and vigilance.
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
Robert M. Morgan
Second Committee Member
Edward Gilligan Nolan
Third Committee Member
Henry Carleton Ellis
Stea, David. "The Relationship of Skin Conductance to Behavior in a Vigilance Task." (1960). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/psy_etds/237