Racial Differences in Skin Resistance

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Science  22 Feb 1963:
Vol. 139, Issue 3556, pp. 766-767
DOI: 10.1126/science.139.3556.766


In two laboratories utilizing different age subjects and recording techniques, Negro subjects had higher skin resistance than a comparable white population. There was no difference in other autonomic variables or autonomic reactivity. Reasons for this racial difference may offer a better physiological explanation for galvanic skin resistance.