Independent responses of Pacinian and non-Pacinian systems with hand-transmitted vibration detected from masked thresholds
Morioka, Miyuki and Griffin, Michael J. (2005) Independent responses of Pacinian and non-Pacinian systems with hand-transmitted vibration detected from masked thresholds. Somatosensory & Motor Research, 22, (1-2), 69-84. (doi:10.1080/08990220500084644).
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This study was designed to identify psychophysical channels responsible for the detection of hand-transmitted vibration. Perception thresholds for vibration (16, 31.5, 63 and 125 Hz sinusoidal for 600 ms) at the distal phalanx of the middle finger and the whole hand were determined with and without simultaneous masking stimuli (1/3 octave bandwidth Gaussian random vibration centered on either 16 Hz or 125 Hz for 3000 ms, varying in magnitude 0 to 30 dB above threshold). At all frequencies from 16 to 125 Hz, absolute thresholds for the hand were significantly lower than those for the finger. Changes in threshold as a function of masker level were used to estimate the thresholds of three psychophysical channels (i.e. P, NP I, and NP II channels). Increased vibrotactile sensitivity of the hand compared to the finger seems to be not entirely due to increased spatial summation via the Pacinian system (P channel); non-Pacinian system (NP I and NP II channels) also contributed to perception. Differing transmission of vibration between the hand and the finger may have also influenced the thresholds.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QC Physics
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Institute of Sound and Vibration Research > Human Sciences
|Date Deposited:||28 Apr 2006|
|Last Modified:||01 Jun 2011 11:26|
|Contributors:||Morioka, Miyuki (Author)
Griffin, Michael J. (Author)
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