Measuring skin conductance over clothes

Ki Hwan Hong, Seung Min Lee, Yong Gyu Lim, Kwang Suk Park

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We propose a new method that measures skin conductance over clothes to nonintrusively monitor the changes in physiological conditions affecting skin conductance during daily activities. We selected the thigh-to-thigh current path and used an indirectly coupled 5-kHz AC current for the measurement. While varying the skin conductance by the Valsalva maneuver method, the results were compared with the traditional galvanic skin response (GSR) measured directly from the fingers. Skin conductance measured using a 5-kHz current displayed a highly negative correlation with the traditional GSR and the current measured over clothes reflected the rate of change of the conductance of the skin beneath.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1155-1161
Number of pages7
JournalMedical and Biological Engineering and Computing
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2012


  • Skin electric conductance
  • Thigh-to-thigh current path
  • Ubiquitous healthcare
  • Valsalva maneuver

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