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Measurement of vibration detection threshold and tactile spatial acuity in human subjects

Authors

  • R. Moshourab
  • H. Frenzel
  • S. Lechner
  • J. Haseleu
  • V. Bégay
  • D. Omerbašić
  • G.R. Lewin

Journal

  • Journal of Visualized Experiments

Citation

  • J Vis Exp (115): e52966

Abstract

  • Tests that allow the precise determination of psychophysical thresholds for vibration and grating orientation provide valuable information about mechanosensory function that are relevant for clinical diagnosis as well as for basic research. Here, we describe two psychophysical tests designed to determine the vibration detection threshold (automated system) and tactile spatial acuity (handheld device). Both procedures implement a two-interval forced-choice and a transformed-rule up and down experimental paradigm. These tests have been used to obtain mechanosensory profiles for individuals from distinct human cohorts such as twins or people with sensorineural deafness.


DOI

doi:10.3791/52966