Evaluation of normal values for stationary and moving two-point discrimination in the hand

J Hand Surg Am. 1984 Jul;9(4):552-5. doi: 10.1016/s0363-5023(84)80109-4.


Stationary and moving two-point discrimination were tested in a normal population stratified by age and sex. The 467 subjects tested consisted of 202 females and 265 males whose ages ranged from 4 years to 92 years. Statistical analysis of the data revealed the following: (1) Moving two-point values were of lesser magnitude than stationary two-point values in all areas tested; (2) test values for median innervated areas were lower by both methods than values for ulnar innervated areas; (3) there was a gradual increase in the magnitude of the test values for both methods with advancing age; (4) female subjects consistently tended to discriminate at shorter distances when compared with male subjects at corresponding sites; and (5) the absolute values obtained were dependent upon the individual examiner, but the statistical significance applied to the data of all of the examiners.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Hand / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Sensation
  • Sex Factors