Two studies were conducted to empirically evaluate individuals’ touch sensitivity while wearing latex Medical-examination gloves. In Experiment 1, three sensitivity threshold Measures (two-point, von Frey, and thumb-index finger opposition) were used in three conditions—no glove, best-fitting glove, and ill-fitting glove. No effect of glove condition was found for the two-point Measure, but significant effects were found for the von Frey and finger-opposition Measures. In Experiment 2, participants attempted to sense the presence or absence of Monofilament fibers of different diameters. Glove condition (no glove, best-fitting, and ill-fitting) and touch strategy (active vs. passive) were manipulated for each participant. Although there was no overall effect for glove condition, active touch proved consistently superior to passive touch.
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- Gender Studies
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
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