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ERIC Number: ED231753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Thermal Variation and Tactile Discrimination in the Dominant Hand.
Standring, John J.; Gronbech, C. Eric
A study sought to ascertain the effect, if any, exposure to different temperatures would have on an individual's ability to discriminate between different tactile stimuli. Ten young adult males were repeatedly subjected to emersion of their dominant hand in water ranging in temperature from ice, to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (F), in increments of 15 degrees F, and then asked to identify, without sight, 40 two-dimensional figures. The figures were cut out of different grades of sandpaper and embedded in a single course grade. Based upon the results of the analysis of collected data, it was concluded that the ability to accurately discriminate between different degrees of tactile stimuli was facilitated by temperatures above 60 degrees F, and adversely affected by temperatures below 60 degrees F. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A