Sleep and overextinction of the GSR component of the orienting response

  • David A. T. Siddle
  • A. R. Nicol
  • R. H. Foggitt


Overextinction of the GSR component of the orienting response was examined in a sample of 68 socially disturbed adolescents. Continued stimulus repetition beyond the point of habituation resulted in GSR return after 50–60 stimulus presentations. However, division of Ss into sleep and non-sleep groups using behavioral and self-report criteria, failed to support Sokolov’s (1963) notion that overextinction is accompanied by drowsiness. A possible explanation of these results is discussed.


Trial Block Sleep Onset Galvanic Skin Response Croup Orient Response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. T. Siddle
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. R. Nicol
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. H. Foggitt
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthampton
  2. 2.Department of Forensic PsychiatryInstitute of PsychiatryLondonEngland

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