Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 222–224 | Cite as

Comparison of midline and off-midline lingual vibrotactile threshold responses in men and women

  • Donald Fucci
  • Jim Cantrell
  • Linda Petrosino
  • Randall R. Robey


Lingual vibrotactile thresholds were obtained from 10 young adult men and 10 young adult women on three different lingual test sites at a frequency of 250 Hz. The lingual test sites chosen for study were: (1) the dorsal midline of the anterior portion of the tongue, (2) a point halfway between the dorsal midline and the right upper lateral border of the tongue, and (3) a point halfway between the dorsal midline and the left upper lateral border of the tongue. Results showed that thresholds obtained on the dorsal midline of the tongue were not statistically significantly different for the men and women, but thresholds obtained off midline in either direction were statistically significantly different for the two groups of subjects. Compared with the midline thresholds, the off-midline thresholds were seen to become higher for the male subjects, but they were seen to become lower for the female subjects. Implications of these results for future testing are discussed, and further research dealing with off-midline lingual vibrotactile measurement is recommended.


Trigeminal Neuralgia Lateral Border Dorsal Midline Left Index Finger Vibrotactile Threshold 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Fucci
    • 1
  • Jim Cantrell
    • 1
  • Linda Petrosino
    • 1
  • Randall R. Robey
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Hearing and Speech SciencesOhio UniversityAthens

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