Skin Conductance Synchronization Among Family Members: A Systematic Review

TitleSkin Conductance Synchronization Among Family Members: A Systematic Review
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsCariolato Y, Pick E, Palmieri A
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published10/2020
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
KeywordsSkin Conductance Synchronization (SCS); Interpersonal Physiology (IP); embodiment; family; systematic review

Physiological synchronization has often been associated to empathy. Several investigations are present in psychotherapy research, which show a link between attachment and Skin Conductance Synchronization (SCS). Surprisingly, scarce number of investigations deepened the phenomenon of SCS in family research. Our first aim was to delineate the state of the art of SCS studies among family members. A systematic review has been carried out in accordance with PRISMA guidelines on Scopus and Web of Science online databases. Only eight studies were retrieved that applied SCS measures to parent-child dyads (infants and adolescents) and marital couples. As a second aim, interpretations and future possible applications – based on past psychotherapy research findings and present results – are discussed