Cortical and Hypothalamo-Limbic Control of Electrodermal Responses

  • Henrique Sequeira
  • Jean-Claude Roy
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 249)


Hughlings (1869) was among the first authors to report cortical influences upon the autonomic nervous system. Following Jackson’s studies, cardiovascular changes were elicited by stimulation of the frontal cortex (Danilewsky, 1875; Bochefontaine, 1876). At the beginning of this century, some authors (Bechterew, 1905; Karplus and Kreidl, 1909) also obtained an increase of sweating in the foot-pads of the cat, evoked by stimulating the sensorimotor cortex. During the next decades, other reports approached the role of cortical areas in the regulation of autonomic responses (see reviews of Kaada, 1951; Delgado, 1960; Hoff et al., 1963).


Pyramidal Tract Reticular Formation Electrodermal Response Skin Conductance Response Cortical Stimulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henrique Sequeira
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jean-Claude Roy
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de PsychologieFédération Universitaire et Polytechnique de Lille (FUPL)Lille CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Neurosciences du ComportementUniversité des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (USTL)Villeneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance

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