Study: Women have a better sense of touch

January 2nd, 2010 - 8:42 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

finger New York, Jan 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) There was a study done by the McMaster University, women have a much better sense of touch than their male counterparts. The study says that women have smaller hands so the density of their ‘touch receptors’ is high, and therefore touch sensitivity is increased.

These touch sensors are placed throughout the hands and are located around the pores within the skin. The results of this study came in after an experiment that analyzed and studied over 100 women.

The study said that women who had smaller hands could notice smaller detailed grooves than those women with larger hands, and this is because of the fact that in the smaller hands the density of the touch receptors is high, as compared to those who have larger hands. The people behind this study say that this may perhaps be the reason why heavy hand oriented tasks such as sewing comes much more naturally to women than to men.

‘Our discovery reveals that one important factor in the sense of touch is finger size,’ said one of the researchers, whose work is published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

And the other astonishing part is that all the fingers don’t have the same sensitivity to touch. The index finger is the most sensitive out of all the five fingers.

“Much like pixels in a photograph, each skin receptor sends an aspect of the tactile image to the brain – more receptors per inch supply a clearer image,” says a statement released with the study. “The difference between the sexes appears to be entirely due to the relative size of the person’s fingertips,” Dr. Ethan Lerner of Massachusetts General Hospital, who is familiar with the study findings, said in the news release. “So, a man with fingertips that are smaller than a woman’s will be more sensitive to touch than the woman.”

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