Accession Number : AD0648546

Title :   AN EXPLORATORY STUDY IN COMPARATIVE PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : BAYLOR UNIV WACO TEX PRIMATE BEHAVIOR LAB

Personal Author(s) : Thompson,William D. ; Kirk,Roger E. ; Flynn,John C.

Report Date : SEP 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : Psychophysiological reaction patterns to a single stress-learning task were studied in three species, the chimpanzee, the Java monkey and man. The learning task used was a series of oddity problems negatively reinforced by electric shock, while the psychophysiological channels employed were galvanic skin response, heart rate and respiratory rate. Findings indicate differences between species in autonomic reactivity to the stress task, but no significant differences in such reactivity as the learning process progresses. The data also suggests that when the Law of Initial Values holds, the Lacey autononomic lability score is a more sensitive measure of reactivity than is a difference score. On the other hand, when the Law of Initial Values does not hold, a difference score may be as sensitive as the autonomic lability score. Suggestions for future research in this area are made. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY), (*LEARNING, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY)), (*PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, LEARNING), CHIMPANZEES, MONKEYS, HUMANS, GALVANIC SKIN RESPONSE, PULSE RATE, RESPIRATION, AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), RESPONSE(BIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE