A new system for the analysis of thermal judgments: Multipoint measurements of skin temperatures and temperature-related sensations and their joint visualization

Mayumi Nakamura, Hidenori Esaki, Tamae Yoda, Saki Yasuhara, Akiko Kobayashi, Aki Konishi, Naoki Osawa, Kei Nagashima, Larry I. Crawshaw, Kazuyuki Kanosue

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Abstract

We report a new system for monitoring sensations of many body parts as well as comprehensively showing the distribution of overall skin temperature (T sk) and temperature-related sensations. The system consists of a console with 52 levers to report temperature-related sensations and software that facilitates the visualization of the distribution of Tsk and temperature-related sensations by displaying them on a model of the human body. The system's utility was demonstrated with a physiological experiment involving three males and three females. They were exposed to step changes of ambient temperature from 23° C to 33° C. We measured Tsk at 50 points, and the subjects concurrently provided estimates of local temperature sensation and thermal comfort/discomfort at 25 loci. This system greatly facilitates the perception and analysis of spatial relationships and differences in temperature and sensation in various areas of the body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-464
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physiological Sciences
Volume56
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Regional thermal sensitivity
  • Temperature sensation
  • Thermal comfort/discomfort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology

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