Basal Skin Resistance during Sleep and "Dreaming"

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Science  27 Apr 1962:
Vol. 136, Issue 3513, pp. 321-322
DOI: 10.1126/science.136.3513.321


Basal skin resistance was measured continuously in sleeping human subjects. Instead of a hypothesized fall in basal skin resistance during periods of "dreaming" or emergent stage 1 electro-encephalographic activity, there was a rise which generally coincided with the "dreaming" period. This finding, along with other recent studies, indicates that this stage of sleep is not just a light stage of sleep but is unique neurophysiologically.

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