A novel, simple and objective method to detect movement artefacts in electrodermal activity

Nattapong Thammasan, Ivo Stuldreher, Dagmar Wismeijer, Mannes Poel, Jan van Erp, Anne-Marie Brouwer

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Abstract

Skin conductance or electrodermal activity (EDA) has been shown to be a reliable indicator of emotional arousal. With the current development to record EDA with wearable sensors attached to individuals who freely move around, detecting EDA artefacts is essential. Current practice of detecting EDA artefacts relies heavily on expert judgments. This is undesirable, especially when facing large amounts of EDA data for which the exact recording context is unknown or for real-time applications. We propose to exploit the similarity in EDA as measured from two hands to determine artefacts in a simple and objective way. The basic idea is that fast EDA fluctuations that are similar in both hands are caused by emotional processes, while dissimilar fluctuations indicate that the sensor at one of the hands suffers from an artefact. This idea was tested in an experiment where participants were asked to make certain movements with their right hand at designated times while not moving the left hand. Besides eliciting movement artefacts in this way, emotional sounds were presented to elicit arousal responses. When both hands were stationary, right-left hand difference signals were flatter compared to raw signals of the left hand, confirming the logic of our approach. We tested first versions of algorithms based on signal synchrony to automatically detect movement artefacts. To evaluate the performance of these algorithms, we did not rely on expert judgment but on the ground truth of no movement artefacts in the stationary epochs. We conclude that two-hand EDA can be valuable for more objective and less labor intensive EDA artefact detection, which is important for EDA studies out of the laboratory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 8th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2019
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE
Pages371-377
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-3888-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-3889-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
Event8th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2019 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20196 Sep 2019
Conference number: 8
http://acii-conf.org/2019/

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII)
PublisherIEEE
Volume2019
ISSN (Print)2156-8103
ISSN (Electronic)2156-8111

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2019
Abbreviated titleACII
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period3/09/196/09/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • Correlation
  • Electrodermal activity
  • Emotion
  • Movement artefact
  • Wearable sensor

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