2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Infrared Mappping of Undergraduate Hand Temperatures
Corey N. White*, Andrew B. Lammy, and Matthew R. Gold
Dr. Fred Shaffer, Faculty Mentor

The present study mapped the hand temperatures of undergraduates using a single infrared thermometer at six identical sites on both hands while resting. Fifty-three undergraduates (13 men and 40 women) participated in this experiment. While sites on a single hand and across both hands generally exhibited comparable temperatures, there was a main effect for recording location, which reflected a 0.92 degrees F discrepancy between the left and right web dorsum sites. The authors recommend that researchers replicate these findings with a clinical sample balanced for age and gender and clinicians utilize infrared thermometers with the accuracy of clinical-grade thermistors.

Keywords: temperature, thermistor, thermometer, mapping, hand


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 12-5
Location: OP 2111
Time: 9:30

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