Definition of galvanic skin response in English:

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galvanic skin response

(also galvanic skin reflex , abbreviation GSR)


A change in the electrical resistance of the skin caused by emotional stress, measurable with a sensitive galvanometer, e.g., in lie-detector tests.
Example sentences
  • The galvanic skin response section of the polygraph measures the resistance of the skin to a small electrical current.
  • One route for our ‘gut feelings’ might be through the noradrenergic system, as healthy people have a galvanic skin response when about to make a risky choice on the IGT.
  • And these basically measure people's heart rates, they measure people's galvanic skin responses.

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Syllabification: gal·van·ic skin re·sponse

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