Computerized measures of finger tapping: Effects of hand dominance, age, and sex

Kerry A. Hubel, Bruce R Reed, E. William Yund, Timothy J. Herron, David L Woods

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Computerized measures of digit tapping rate were obtained over 3 successive, 10-sec. periods in the right and left index fingers, from a community sample of 1,519 participants (ages 18 to 65 years; 607 men, 912 women). Differences between the dominant and non-dominant hands were found for tapping rate, movement initiation, and button down times, and the decline in tapping rate over the successive, 10-sec. periods. Declines were found in tapping rate in older participants in association with increased intertap variability. Men had higher tapping rates than women in all age ranges. The computerized finger tapping test is an efficient and precise measure of tapping speed and kinetics of potential utility in research and clinical studies of motor performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-952
Number of pages24
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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