2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Validation of Infrared Temperature Comparisons Between Sites on the Left and Right Hands
Brady J. Copeman*, Jonah J. Brotman, Ian M. Lynam, and Mitchell A. Meltzer
Dr. Frederic Shaffer, Faculty Mentor

The present study evaluated the concurrent validity of infrared temperature scanning using a single infrared thermometer and whether clinicians may compare measurements obtained from identical sites on both hands. Fifty-three undergraduates (13 men and 40 women) participated in this experiment. The infrared scanning protocol achieved high concurrent validity and allowed valid temperature comparisons between sites on the left and right hands. The authors recommend that clinicians utilize an infrared thermometer to supplement thermistor measurements during assessment and temperature training, and encourage researchers to validate this procedure with clinical samples balanced for age and gender when monitoring the hands and feet.

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Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 12-4
Location: OP 2111
Time: 9:15

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