Galvanic Skin Response as a Measure of Soldier Stress

Report No. ARL-TR-4114
Authors: Chuck H. Perala and Bruce S. Sterling
Date/Pages: May 2007; 35 pages
Abstract: This report discusses three methods of measuring Soldier stress: survey, salivary amylase, and galvanic skin response (GSR). Examples of recent studies using the survey and GSR methods are given and a discussion is provided outlining the advantages and disadvantages of each. A plan is suggested to develop a study that compares data taken from each of the three methods with the ultimate goal of determining if the GSR method is a suitable ?middle ground? between the survey method, which is subjective and somewhat intrusive, and the salivary amylase method, which is very time consuming, costly, and intrusive.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: May 1, 2007