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An auxiliary device for chopsticks operation to improve the food-serving performance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18177839     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Chopsticks are popular dining utensils in many Asian countries. It is well recognized that the pincers-pinching mode has been recommended for chopsticks operation for Chinese dining. The objective of this study was to propose an auxiliary device for transferring the subjects who had experienced scissors pinching to that of pincers pinching. A total of 30 male university students who used scissors pinching daily were recruited for the experiment. Subjects were requested to perform four simulated food-serving tasks under four different pinching stages. An additional testing was also performed for validation purpose. Results showed that the subjects had a better performance of food serving by the pincers-pinching method than by the scissors-pinching method, after familiarizing themselves with pincers pinching with the assistance of an auxiliary for 1 h. Because of the relatively shorter transferring time (1 h), the subjects still evaluated scissors pinching as their preferable ones. We suggested that this new auxiliary device could be used to teach or correct the chopsticks operation of people who are naïve/children and are interested in chopsticks use or experienced in chopsticks scissors pinching.
Yu-Chi Lee; Yi-Lang Chen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-01-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied ergonomics     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0003-6870     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Ergon     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-23     Completed Date:  2008-12-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0261412     Medline TA:  Appl Ergon     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  737-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Mingchi University of Technology, Taipei 243, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Cooking and Eating Utensils*
Equipment Design
Hand Strength / physiology*
Human Engineering*
Motor Skills / physiology*
Task Performance and Analysis

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