Abstract| Volume 177, ISSUE 1, P37, August 2013

Correlations between skin sympathetic nerve activity and fMRI during emotional arousal and introspection

      Introduction: The primary function of skin sympathetic nerve activity (SSNA) is thermoregulatory, however this system is also implicated in emotional processing. To establish the discrete brain regions responsible for changes in SSNA during both baseline and emotional states, we recorded spontaneous SSNA concurrently with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) of the brain at rest or while presenting subjects with neutral or emotionally-charged images from the International Affective Picture Systems (IAPS).
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