Smaller fingers give women a more sensitive touch?

December 16, 2009 2:14:42 PM PST
A new study suggests the sense of touch among women is more sensitive because their fingers are smaller. Canadian researchers say part of the reason is that smaller fingers have greater sweat pore density. That's important because fingertip receptors which cluster around seat pore bases are more tightly packed.

Higher sensitivity could improve the ability to perform tasks such as embroidery or surgery.

Scientists say they now want to find out if children have more sensitive fingers than adults.

There's more on this study in the Journal of Neuroscience.