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      Autonomic nervous system activity in emotion: A review

      Biological Psychology

      Elsevier BV

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          Abstract

          Autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity is viewed as a major component of the emotion response in many recent theories of emotion. Positions on the degree of specificity of ANS activation in emotion, however, greatly diverge, ranging from undifferentiated arousal, over acknowledgment of strong response idiosyncrasies, to highly specific predictions of autonomic response patterns for certain emotions. A review of 134 publications that report experimental investigations of emotional effects on peripheral physiological responding in healthy individuals suggests considerable ANS response specificity in emotion when considering subtypes of distinct emotions. The importance of sound terminology of investigated affective states as well as of choice of physiological measures in assessing ANS reactivity is discussed. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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          Journal
          Biological Psychology
          Biological Psychology
          Elsevier BV
          03010511
          July 2010
          July 2010
          : 84
          : 3
          : 394-421
          Article
          10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.03.010
          20371374
          98c5a133-efa4-4642-9447-a8c0b0e5658b
          © 2010

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