Guillermo Recio, Annekathrin Schacht and Werner Sommer

Effects of inter-stimulus interval on skin conductance responses and event-related potentials in a Go/NoGo task.

Biological Psychology

Skin conductance responses (SCRs) to NoGo stimuli have been found to be smaller than to Go stimuli, possibly due to their diminished task relevance. These findings have been obtained at inter-stimulus intervals (ISI) that were unusually short for SCR recordings. Therefore, we tested whether the same findings would also hold at longer ISIs. Simultaneously, effects of ISI duration on the NoGo-N2 and-P3 components of event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were assessed. Go and NoGo stimuli were equiprobable while ISI varied between 2, 5, and 8 s. Although increasing the ISI-enhanced SCR amplitudes in general, it did not modulate the attenuation of the response to NoGo relative to Go stimuli. When considered as difference between NoGo and Go conditions, neither the NoGo-N2 nor the NoGo-P3 was affected by ISI variation. Together, these data confirm the feasibility of co-registering ERPs and SCRs.