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Utilising electrodermal activity sensor signals to quantify nociceptive response during movement activities

Hamilton, Rebecca I., Garcia, Ashly Alava, Bowd, Jake, Hamilton, David, Mason, Deborah, Elliott, Mark, Holt, Cathy (2024) Utilising electrodermal activity sensor signals to quantify nociceptive response during movement activities. BMC Research Notes, 17 (1). Article Number 36. ISSN 1756-0500. (doi:10.1186/s13104-024-06689-9) (KAR id:104744)


Objective: With an increasingly ageing population and osteoarthritis prevalence, the quantification of nociceptive signals responsible for painful movements and individual responses could lead to better treatment and monitoring solutions. Changes in electrodermal activity (EDA) can be detected via changes in skin conductance (SC) and measured using finger electrodes on a wearable sensor, providing objective information for increased physiological stress response. Results: To provide EDA response preliminary data, this was recorded with healthy volunteers on an array of activities while receiving a noxious stimulus. This provides a defined scenario that can be utilised as protocol feasibility testing. Raw signal extraction, processing and statistical analysis was performed using mean SC values on all participant data. The application of the stimuli resulted in a significant average increase (p < 0.05) in mean SC in four out of five activities with significant gender differences (p < 0.05) in SC and self-reported pain scores and large effect sizes. Though EDA parameters are a promising tool for nociceptive response indicators, limitations including motion artifact sensitivities and lack of previous movement-based EDA published data result in restricted analysis understanding. Refined processing pipelines with signal decomposition tools could be utilised in a protocol that quantifies nociceptive response clinically meaningfully.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/s13104-024-06689-9
Additional information: For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Uncontrolled keywords: Skin conductance, Electrodermal activity, Nociception, Sensor data
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (
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Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2024 16:02 UTC
Last Modified: 03 May 2024 03:16 UTC
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