This committee was chaired by Terry Blumenthal, to whom comments should be directed at the address below; the order of authorship was determined alphabetically. Diane Filion was partially supported by NIH grant MH061614. We thank Craig Evinger and Chris Patrick for helpful discussions of several points.
Committee report: Guidelines for human startle eyeblink electromyographic studies
Version of Record online: 9 FEB 2005
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 1–15, January 2005
How to Cite
Blumenthal, T. D., Cuthbert, B. N., Filion, D. L., Hackley, S., Lipp, O. V. and Van Boxtel, A. (2005), Committee report: Guidelines for human startle eyeblink electromyographic studies. Psychophysiology, 42: 1–15. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2005.00271.x
- Issue online: 9 FEB 2005
- Version of Record online: 9 FEB 2005
- (Received August 12, 2003; Accepted September 2, 2004)
- Electromyographic (EMG);
The human startle response is a sensitive, noninvasive measure of central nervous system activity that is currently used in a wide variety of research and clinical settings. In this article, we raise methodological issues and present recommendations for optimal methods of startle blink electromyographic (EMG) response elicitation, recording, quantification, and reporting. It is hoped that this report will foster more methodological validity and reliability in research using the startle response, as well as increase the detail with which relevant methodology is reported in publications using this measure.