2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

A Reevaluation of the Web Dorsum for Monitoring Hand Temperature
Hans R. Linsenbardt*, Brittany R. Axtell, and Ian M. Arndt
Dr. Fredric Shaffer, Faculty Mentor

This within-subjects study compared the web dorsum temperature-monitoring site to five other sites on each hand during baseline and serial-sevens stressor conditions. Thirty-nine undergraduates (20 men and 19 women, 3 left-handed and 36 right-handed) volunteered. Researchers randomly assigned participants to 1 of 5 sequences of monitoring the sites on both hands, while randomizing the starting hand across subjects. After each condition, participants rated their stress on a 7-point Likert scale. On the left hand there were no significant differences between the web dorsum and the other sites during baseline. During the stressor, the web dorsum was warmer than every site but the thumb. For the right hand, the web dorsum was warmer than every site but the thumb and second finger during both the baseline and the serial-sevens. These findings revealed the relationship between temperatures at the web dorsum and five other sites depended on the hand and experimental condition.

Keywords: Reevaluation, Web Dorsum, Monitoring, Hand Temperature

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 12-1
Location: VH 1232
Time: 8:15

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