Velocity of Indentation as a Variable in Tactile Sensation

  • Dan R. KenshaloSr.
  • Joel D. Greenspan
  • Ross Henderson
Part of the Wenner-Gren Center International Symposium Series book series (EMISS, volume 12)


Most investigators of tactile sensitivity have assumed that one of the static aspects of the tactile stimulating event, pressure (Weber, 1846) or tension (Meissner, 1859; von Frey and Kiesow, (1899) was the relevant metric that best described the relationship between the stimulating event and the resulting sensation. Recently other investigators (e.g., Harrington and Merzenich, 1970; Knibestöl and Vallbo, 1980; Mountcastle and Darian-Smith, 1968) have used skin indentation depth as the appropriate metric to describe tactile stimuli.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan R. KenshaloSr.
    • 1
  • Joel D. Greenspan
    • 2
  • Ross Henderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and the Psychobiology Research CenterFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of North Carolina, School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

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