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PsPM-LI: SCR, ECG, PSR and respiration measurements in a delay fear conditioning task with auditory CS and electrical US.

Korn, Christoph W.; Staib, Matthias; Tzovara, Athina; Castegnetti, Giuseppe; Bach, Dominik R.

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Moser, Tobias; Gerster, Samuel

This dataset includes pupil size response (PSR), skin conductance response(SCR), electrocardiogram (ECG) and respiration measurements for each of 20 healthy unmedicated participants (8 males and 12 females aged 22.8+/-3.3 years) participating in a classical (Pavlovian) discriminant delay fear conditioning task. (One additional participant in the initial sample in Korn et al. (2017) - but who did not finish the experiment and was not included into the analysis - is not contained in this dataset.) The acquisition data is separated into two sessions which were recorded consecutively with a break of approximately 5 min. CS consist of two sine tones with constant frequency (220 Hz or 440 Hz, 50-ms onset and offset ramp) and last for 6.5 s. US is a 0.5 s train of electric square pulses delivered with a constant current stimulator (Digitimer DS7A, Digitimer, Welwyn Garden City, UK) on participants' dominant forearm through a pin-cathode/ring-anode configuration. SOA betwen the CS and US is 6 s. The ITI is randomly determined on each trial to be 7, 9, or 11 s.

See the readme file for more detail. Data are stored as .mat files for use with MATLAB (The MathWorks Inc., Natick, USA) in a format readable by the PsPM toolbox ( All matlab files are saved in MATLAB 9.3 (R2017b) format. This research was supported by Wellcome Trust grant 091593/Z/10/Z, and Swiss National Science Foundation grant 320030_149586/1.
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